Governance and State Structures

Niamh Hardiman

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 and State Structures

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This article examines the influence of state structures on the patterns of governance, and identifies three areas in which research on state structures has contributed to our understanding of changing patterns of governance. These include devolved governance in the organization of public administration; the trend towards delegated governance, especially in regulatory policy; and new issues in fiscal governance. All these areas were shaped in the 1980s by the belief that politics needs to accommodate not only market forces, but also that technical considerations require the removal of many areas of decision making from direct political accountability.

Keywords: state structures; patterns of governance; devolved governance; public administration; delegated governance; regulatory policy; fiscal governance; political accountability

Article.  6204 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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