From “Big Government” to “Big Governance”?

David Levi-Faur

in The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560530
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 From “Big Government” to “Big Governance”?

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This article discusses the objective of this volume, which is to demonstrate that governance is increasingly becoming a broad concept that is central to the study of political, economic, spatial, and social order in general, and to the understanding of the dynamics of change of capitalist democracies in particular. The volume traces the scholarly origins and growth of governance, considering governance as a signifier of change, as structure, process, mechanism, and strategy. It also evaluates the role of governance in the search for theory of the state and explores relevant issues including the statelessness of Anglo-American political theory, the rise of neoliberalism, and the rise of the European Union as a new transnational order.

Keywords: governance; social order; capitalist democracies; theory of state; political theory; neoliberalism; European Union; transnational order

Article.  7625 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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