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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 ...


Self-governance is an important mode of societal governance.1 Self-governance refers to the capacity of social entities to govern themselves autonomously. However, what ‘self-governance’ is and what its contribution to societal governance is and could be in modern society is not (yet) fully understood. Without sustaining a capacity for self-governance, societal governance becomes an impossible task, as the history of many totalitarian regimes has shown: the fate of the former East European ‘People's Republics’ is a clear example. However, societies cannot rely on self-governing as the only mode of governance. Even the staunchest supporters of liberal societies see a (limited) governing role for the state, and in practice fully self-governing societies do not exist. However, there are societies in which self-governance plays an important role.

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