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.
Global governance refers to the ways in which a variety of actors come together to address global problems. The varied actors produce a global pattern of rule even in the absence of an overarching world state. Historically, states have been regarded as the principal actors in producing global governance. States engaged in overlapping and interlocking processes, often within international organizations, which produced a world order. States create and enforce a range of international rules, norms, and standards, often in the setting of international organizations such as the United Nations (UN). Recently, however, social scientists have drawn attention to the increasing prominence of multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations within global governance. Non-state actors play an important role by influencing the actions of states as ...