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.
If governance is about the presence of networks, then one of the main tasks of the state, as well as of other policy actors, is to manage them. A network is a non-hierarchical, collaborative structure that encompasses various organizations. Typically, these organizations have different expertise, finance, and other resources. They depend on one another to achieve their individual and collective goals. The term ‘network’ also may refer to the pattern of relationships between such organizations. Networks are often contrasted here with markets and with bureaucracies. A network, unlike a market, does not assume that its members have complete information, and a network, unlike a bureaucracy, can operate without a clearly defined hierarchical leadership. Generally, states manage networks by manipulating the organizations and ...