This Handbook presents an authoritative and innovative overview of this fascinating field, with particular emphasis on the significant new and emerging concepts and theoretical issues. Divided into four parts, the first explores the major theories influencing current thinking and shaping future research in the field of governance. Part two deals specifically with issues surrounding new theories - the changing role of the state and the emerging function of networks and of alternative domains of governance. Parts three and four then go on to consider the implications for managing governance and recent attempts to rethink democracy and citizenship in ways that are less tied to the formal institutions of the state
The third-wave era since the early 1970s has been remarkable for the spread of democratic goverance and human rights in many societies around the globe. Freedom House (2009) estimate that the number of liberal democracies doubled from the early 1970s until 2000. During the last decade, however, progress ...