Governance As Political Theory

B. Guy Peters

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

Governance As Political Theory


This article argues that conceptualized adequately, governance can be the foundation of a significant political theory which can be important for developing contemporary political science. It explains that governance can enable the discipline of political science to recapture some of its roots by focusing more explicitly on how the public sector is capable of providing direction and control for society and the economy. The article develops the concept of governance as a broad political theory and demonstrates how the approach could be used to address a range of contemporary concerns, both in academic circles and in the real world of governing.

Keywords: governance; political theory; political science; public sector; control of society

Article.  6244 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Political Theory

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