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.
Constructivists argue that social reality is constructed out of human knowledge, beliefs, or meanings. Typically, they add that human knowledge too is constructed. Constructivism stands in stark contrast to accounts of our knowledge as resting directly on facts. It denies that our knowledge can derive from pure experiences of an independent reality. On the contrary, it emphasizes the positive role played by social traditions and cultural conventions in determining the content of our experiences. Hence constructivism often acts as a form of critique. It suggests that ideas that might appear to be inherently rational or natural are in fact the artifacts of particular traditions or cultures. Likewise, it implies that our social and political practices are not the result of natural or ...