The Impact of Governance: A Normative and Empirical Discussion

Erik-Hans Klijn, Arwin Van Buuren and Jurian Edelenbos

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

The Impact of Governance: A Normative and Empirical Discussion

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This article evaluates the impact of governance in decision making, policy making, implementation, and service delivery in political sciences and public administration. It describes how governance can make an impact through management action and suggests that the impacts or results of governance can be found in the areas of process, content, and legitimacy. The article argues that network-management activities are crucial for governance to have an impact and explains that, although governance networks are to a degree self-regulatory, they sometimes need a push in the right direction by management activities.

Keywords: governance; decision making; policy making; service delivery; political sciences; public administration; management action; network management

Article.  6023 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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