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.
Broadly defined, a network is a group of interdependent actors and the relationships among them. Networks vary widely in their nature and operation depending on the particular actors involved, their relationships, the [Page 138]level and scope at which they operate, and the wider context. The actors within a network might be people, states, transnational corporations, or a mixture thereof. The relationships between actors are always interdependent, but they can vary from close ties, such as those within a family, to occasional impersonal and mediated interactions. Networks can appear at the level of the school playground or high court justices around the world. They appear in unstructured social environments and in highly formalized, rule-bound settings.
The concept of a ‘network’ is prominent in abstract discussions about governance ...