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.
Social inclusion is a concept and policy agenda for social justice. It refers to processes of involving citizens in civil society and in collective decision-making. Such involvement may take many forms, including employment, church attendance, and voting. As a positive vision, the concept of social inclusion implies that the involvement of citizens in such activities helps to create a fair and cohesive community.
When social inclusion is defined in more negative terms, it appears as the opposite to or overcoming of social exclusion. Social inclusion seeks to overcome barriers that prevent particular groups or segments of the population from full and equal participation in civil society. Many of these barriers reflect historical patterns of prejudice. Excluded groups have often been defined by criteria: if ...