Waves Of Governance

R. A. W. Rhodes

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

 Waves Of Governance

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This article analyses the claim that there has been a change in the pattern and exercise of state authority from government to governance. It identifies three waves in the governance literature including network governance, metagovernance, and interpretive governance, and illustrates each wave with a brief example drawn from British government. The article concludes that network governance and metagovernance face an intellectual crisis, and that there is a growing need for alternative ways of conceptualizing the institutions, actors, and processes of change in government.

Keywords: state authority; government; network governance; metagovernance; interpretive governance; British government

Article.  7511 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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