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The Trouble with ‘Governance’: State, Bureaucracy and Freedom
The trouble with ‘governance’: State, bureaucracy and freedom

Like the notion of ‘change’ explored in Chapter 6, ‘governance’ is a fashionable, if rather polyvalent, term. It has come to prominence over the last two decades or so, most frequently at the expense of the concept of ‘government’. Indeed, ‘governance’ is generally perceived as an alternative to government, that is to a particular form of political ordering by the state under the rule of law. As one analyst has argued, ‘current use does not treat governance as a synonym for government. Rather governance signifies a change in the meaning of government, referring to a new process of governing; or a changed condition of ordered rule; or the new method ...

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