The concept of `governance' has become a central catchword across the social and political sciences. In Governing and Governance, Jan Kooiman revisits and develops his seminal work in the field to map and demonstrate the utility of a sociopolitical perspective to our understanding of contemporary forms of governing, governance and governability. A central underlying theme of the book is the notion of governance as a process of interaction between different societal and political actors and the growing interdependencies between the two as modern societies become ever more complex, dynamic and diverse. Drawing upon a wide range of interdisciplinary insights, the book advances a comprehensive conceptual framework that seeks to capture the different elements, modes and orders of governing and governance. A series of useful distinctions are employed, for example, between self, `co', and hierarchical modes, and between first, second, or meta orders to illustrate the many different structures and levels of modern governance today. Theoretically rich and illuminating, Governing and Governance will be essential reading for all students and academics across the social and political sciences, public management and public administration.

Setting the Stage

Setting the stage

Social-Political Governance

This study advances ideas presented in Modern Governance: Government-society Interactions (1993),1 in which attention was drawn to interactions with a ‘co-’ public-private character, offset against a ‘do-it-alone’ government perspective. This study maintains this line of thinking, but broadens it by seeing governance as a societal quality made up of public as well as private ‘governors’, hence the term social-political. The essence of the argument is that governance of and in modern societies is a mix of all kinds of governing efforts by all manner of social-political actors, public as well as private; occurring between them at different levels, in different governance modes and orders. These mixes are societal ‘responses’ to persistent and changing governing ‘demands’, set against ever growing ...

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