Key Concepts in Governance provides a clear introduction to the technical concepts and policies of contemporary governance through short definitional essays. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a contextualization of the concept, an overview of relevant debates, and a guide to further reading. The book also includes a substantial introductory chapter which gives an overview of governance studies as a whole, orientating and guiding the reader around the issues that the concepts address.
The enabling state suggests a view of the state's relationship to the public sector and to its citizens. This view of the state is typically juxtaposed to the historic role of the welfare state. Historically, the welfare state provided social services to its citizens in order to ensure they had a minimum standard of welfare. In contrast, the enabling state is meant to form partnerships with other groups so as to provide the context in which citizens can improve themselves.
Discussions of the enabling state yoke together two different ideas. First, the enabling state points to a change in the relation of the state to service provision. In this sense, the enabling state ‘enables’ because it [Page 75]brings together networks of private and voluntary ...