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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. 


Interdependence exists when two or more actors are dependent on one another. Dependence can mean many things, of course, but in social theory, it is most usually defined in terms of resources: an actor is dependent on another actor if it cannot realize its aims without the resources of another actor. The relevant actors might be individuals, organizations, or even states. The goals are whatever these people or groups want to achieve. The resources can include physical and financial ones, but also knowledge and skills, as well as moral resources including legitimacy, and also time and effort. So, interdependence is a relationship in which various actors all need access to each other's resources if they are to attain their goals.

Discussions of interdependence infuse both accounts ...

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