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
In academic circles the term (local) governance came into fashion in the middle of the 1990s. Before that date the term was hardly used, either in political science or in the field of public administration.1 One of the first signs of the concept's advent in the field of local government and politics was the organization of a ...