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.
A policy cycle consists of the many constituent phases of a policy's existence. The phases are cyclical because the final phase is not necessarily the end of the matter, but rather an analysis of the policy to provide information that can be used in the first phase of a subsequent cycle. The cyclical or continuous nature of the policy cycle is one of the three main characteristics that theorists ascribe to it. The second characteristic [Page 153]is linearity: the phases of the policy cycle always occur one after another and in the same order: the phases are chronological and mutually exclusive. Third, policy cycles are fractal in that each phase can be divided into sub-phases that are representative of the whole cycle. Many ...