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The SAGE Handbook of Governance

Edited by:
  • Mark Bevir - University of California, Berkeley, USA


December 2010 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The study of governance has arisen to prominence as a way of describing and explaining changes in our world. The SAGE Handbook of Governance presents an authoritative and innovative overview of this fascinating field, with particular emphasis on the significant new and emerging concepts and theoretical issues.

The Handbook is 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.

This volume will be an excellent resource for advanced students and researchers in political science, economics, geography, sociology, and public administration.

Mark Bevir
Governance as Theory, Practice and Dilemma
 
PART ONE: THEORIES OF GOVERNANCE
Henrik Enroth
Policy-Network Theory
Keith Dowding
Rational-Choice Theory
Mark Bevir
Interpretive Theory
Robert K. Christensen and Mary Tschirhart
Organization Theory
B. Guy Peters
Institutional Theory
Anders Esmark
Systems Theory
Bob Jessop
Meta-Gvernance
Jefferey M. Sellers
State-Society Relations
Patrick Le Galès
Policy Instruments and Governance
Phyllis R. Pomerantz
Development Theory
Pippa Norris
Measuring Governance
 
PART TWO: PRACTICES OF GOVERNANCE
Mark Bevir and R. A. W. Rhodes
The Stateless State
Laurence E. Lynn Jr
The Persistence of Hierarchy
Steven Cohen and William Eimicke
Contracting out
Carolyn J. Heinrich
Public Management
Anthony B. L. Cheung
Budgeting and Finance
Gunnar Folke Schuppert
Partnerships
Andy Smith
Multijurisdictional Regulation
Bas Denters
Local Governance
M. Shamsul Haque
Non-Governmental Organizations
Anne-Marie Slaughter and Thomas N. Hale
Transgovernmental Networks
Mark Bevir and Ian Hall
Global Governance
 
PART THREE: DILEMMAS OF GOVERNANCE
Mark Considine and Kamran Ali Afzal
Legitimacy
Lisa Blomgren Bingham
Collaborative Governance
Peter McLaverty
Participation
Janet V. Denhardt and Robert B. Denhardt
Leadership
Michael McGuire
Network Management
Petri Koikkalainen
Social Inclusion
Hok Bun Ku and Angelina W. K. Yuen-Tsang
Capacity-Building
Fumihiko Saito
Decentralization
Wai Fung Lam
Governing the Commons
Marian Döhler
Regulation
James Meadowcroft
Sustainable Development

'While the verb "to govern" and the noun "government" are well established terms, "governance" is relatively new to social science vocabulary. What does "it" mean? Mark Bevir's Handbook of Governance is a welcomed contribution to a clearer understanding of this emerging seminal concept. Drawing on some of the best 21st century minds in this field, his Handbook is probative and exploratory, one that wrestles with the basic theory, modern practice, and central dilemmas of "governance". Readers are thus treated to profound and urgently needed insights into its meaning and significance today' -

Richard Stillman, University of Colorado, Denver.


This textbook provides an insightful overview of the topic of governance. I particularly find aspects of this book useful when reviewing local governance and its significance at local level and the theoretical issues surrounding governance.

Ms Kelly Maguire
Marketing Department , Leisure and Tourism, Sligo Institute of Technology
February 24, 2016

It provides a very good and comprehensive overview on the topic of governance. It can certainly be a useful supplement for students in my course to identify and understand different theories of governance as well as how they are practiced in different situations.

Dr Datuk Ary Adriansyah Samsura
Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Radboud University Nijmegen
August 27, 2015

Very good introduction to governance for bachelor students. The main strength is the acknowledgement of Policy network as the precursors and a huge work of theoretisation.
It will be used as a basis to rebuild my governance course.

Professor David Aubin
Political and social sciences, Catholic University of Louvain
May 13, 2015

The book edited by Mark Bevir offers an encompassing account of the 'varieties of governance'. As the proponents of specific approaches introduce their particular perspectives, the handbook demonstrates the divergent modes of reasoning, encouraging a discussion of their shortcomings and strengths.

Mr Vincent Rzepka
Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin
March 5, 2015

Excellent handbook - will be made available in the library for our postgraduate students. Provides a great analysis of corporate governance theories

Mr Peter Shanks
School of the Built Environment, Ulster University
February 24, 2015

This text is the most up to date and comprehensive resource on governance which I have been able to find. Geared towards more advanced students and researches, it successfully navigates theories of governance changing policy and practice and current debate and challenge.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
September 23, 2013

Both authors and issue contribute to the administrative literature. This book has an important content about governance. It can be essential source for both researcher and students. Thanks to Mark Bevir for his study.

Dr Sabrina Kayıkcı
Public Administration, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University
April 29, 2013

This is an excellent overview of the scholarship on governance, including international governance.

Dr Kamil Zwolski
Dept of Politics & Int'l Relations, Southampton University
March 28, 2013

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Chapter 1: Governance as Theory, Practice and Dilemma


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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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