Governance in other disciplines: One approach or many?

Jacob Torfing, B. Guy Peters, Jon Pierre and Eva Sørensen

in Interactive Governance

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199596751
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738180 | DOI:
Governance in other disciplines: One approach or many?

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The majority of the literature about governance has come from political science and public administration research, and has been concerned primarily with governance at the national level. This literature has become extensive and is extremely rich, but it does not by any means cover the full range of writing about governance. This chapter therefore identifies how the term governance has been used in various disciplines and subdisciplines such as economics, law, sociology, and international relations. After enumerating these various approaches to governance, we will proceed to identify the extent to which there is any common ground among the approaches and further what dimensions of variation may separate the approaches. The identified similarities and differences will provide a useful intellectual map of governance to inform how we utilize the concept within political science and public administration. Further, in terms of the general purpose of this book the examination of these alternatives enables us to understand more completely the nature of governance, and particularly the interactive nature of governing in the contemporary world.

Keywords: governance; public administration

Chapter.  6575 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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