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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 ...

Meta (Third-Order Governance)
Meta (third-order governance)

Several building-blocks for the governance concept have so far been examined, these blocks fit together in the form of a norm oriented framework, which I call ‘meta’. Normative preconceptions have variously crept into the analysis, explicitly but certainly implicitly as well. This can hardly be avoided in treating a theme like governance that is value-ridden from top to bottom. In fact ‘social-political’ or ‘interactive’ governance is much more than an analytical concept. It is a highly normatively charged one and its entire development can be regarded as a normative exercise. In other words, governance explicitly phrased as ‘social-political’, or ‘interactive’ is advisable and sensible at the beginning of the twenty-first century, as far as I am concerned. As such, this ...

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