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 Stateless State

The Stateless State

The stateless state


The study of politics has long concentrated on the state as a sovereign authority; as ‘a set of institutions with a dedicated personnel’, which wields ‘a monopoly of authoritative rule making within a bounded territory’ (Hay, Lister and Marsh, 2006: 8). This notion of the state arose gradually ...

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