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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. 


Communitarianism refers to various social and political theories that exhibit a broad emphasis on the social nature of individual human existence, as well as the advantages of a society based on strong, shared moral values. Many communitarians also emphasize the role of religion, work, and family in sustaining shared moral values and so society.

There are two main varieties of communitarianism – the philosophical and the sociological. Philosophical communitarians oppose metaethical ideas that are prominent in contemporary liberalism (notably, the thin concept of self and the priority of the right over the good). They argue that we are embedded in communities, traditions, and ways of life, which give us our values, identities, and loyalties. And they argue that we can justify moral principles, at least initially, ...

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