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.
There is no agreed definition of good governance. Definitions usually consist of a wish-list of reforms, practices, and outcomes, usually with a particular eye on developing states. Yet each organization that is concerned with good governance appears to construct its own wish-list. Some definitions of good governance emphasize political and legal institutions – participation, accountability, rule of law, and human rights. Others emphasize neoliberal economic reforms and better management of resources. Yet others emphasize social structures and practices. If we had to specify something that the items on these wish-lists have in common, we might do worse than point to a concern with the interactions of state and society. Most wish-lists concern the rules, processes, and behavior that define the nature and limits ...