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
All kinds of social scientists show an interest in meanings. Institutionalism, systems theory, and rational choice theory have all inspired studies of the role of ideas in governance. However, interpretive approaches to governance are about more than studying meanings. They are mainly about a theoretical agenda that ...