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Key Concepts in Governance

Key Concepts in Governance

  • Mark Bevir - University of California, Berkeley, USA

December 2008 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A comprehensive, multidisciplinary examination of the concepts embodied in governance and their wide-ranging applications and implications. An important read and reference for students and academics in the social sciences, particularly those engaged in public policy studies.
Carolyn J. Heinrich, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The language of governance has risen to prominence in the last twenty years as a way of describing and explaining changes in the nature and role of the state but the concepts involved can be confusing, as they are often new and come from diverse disciplinary and theoretical settings.

Key Concepts in Governance provides a clear introduction to the technical concepts and policies of contemporary governance through short definitional essays.

Each entry features:
  • a snapshot definition of the concept
  • a contextualization of the concept
  • an overview of relevant debates
  • a guide to further reading

The book also includes a substantial introductory chapter which gives an overview of governance studies as a whole, orientating and guiding the reader around the issues that the concepts address.

Intended Audience
Highly readable, with clear indexing and cross referencing, this is an ideal book for students on introductory courses and an indispensable resource for anyone interested in governance.

Mark Bevir
is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley

I. What is Governance?
II. The Concepts
Center-local relations
Collaborative governance
Collective action problem
Dialogic policy-making
Differentiated polity
Enabling state
Environmental governance
Evidence-based policy
Global governance
Good governance
Governance Indicators
Local governance
Managing networks
Multi-level governance
New public management
Participatory democracy
Policy cycle
Policy network
Public-private partnerships
Rational choice theory
Regulation theory
Representative democracy
Rule of law
Social capital
Social constructivism
Social inclusion
Systems theory

'A comprehensive, multidisciplinary examination of the concepts embodied in governance and their wide-ranging applications and implications. An important read and reference for students and academics in the social sciences, particularly those engaged in public policy studies' - Professor Carolyn J. Heinrich, University of Wisconsin-Madison

'An authoritative short survey for which students and teachers alike will be profoundly grateful' - Professor Rod Rhodes, University of Tasmania and Australian National University

'Students of governance will welcome this book given the explosion of literature in the field. It provides a quick guide to key concepts and ideas but does so with considerable originality. We are offered not just a review of well -established positrions but a distinctive take on the governance debate' - Gerry Stoker, Professor of Governance, University of Southampton

Good book, but not focused enough on public management for my course

Professor Bruce Perlman
Sch Of Public Administration, University of New Mexico
March 12, 2013

Great to ahve all the key concepts associated with governance in one place. The text is accessible and provides signals for further reading around key topics.

Dr Sarah Ayres
School for Policy Studies, Bristol University
January 31, 2012

Bevir's book is a helpful source to gain a circumspect view over the various issues and problems involved in processes of governance at state and international levels. Transcending disciplinary modes of categorization, Bevir has arranged the topics in a fashion that reckons with the subtleties of governance as a real-world phenomenon.

Dr Guenther Auth
Geschwister-Scholl Institute, Ludwig-Maximilians University
November 21, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

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Mark Bevir

Professor Mark Bevir is a member of the Department of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. He was born in London and educated at the University of Exeter, U.K., where he got a BA (1st Class), and the University of Oxford, UK where he was awarded a DPhil. Before moving to Berkeley, he worked at the University of Madras, India, and University of Newcastle, UK. He has held visiting positions in Australia, Finland, France, U.K., and the U.S. Currently he is co-convener of the Interpretive Political Science specialist group of the Political Studies Association and President of the Society for the Philosophy of History. More About Author

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