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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. 


Coordination is both a driving force of governance and one of its goals. Policy actors are unable to change or implement policies by themselves and must work with each other at all stages of the policy process. Coordination occurs whenever two or more policy actors pursue a common outcome and work together to produce it. We can say that coordination is a driving force of governance in that policies can often only be introduced effectively if actors coordinate their actions. Equally, we can say that coordination is a goal of governance in so far as policy actors aim to establish it so that the policy process and public services operate smoothly.

Governmental coordination occurs at a variety of political levels as well as between the ...

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