New Governance or Old Governance? A Policy Style Perspective

Jeremy Richardson

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

 New Governance or Old Governance? A Policy Style Perspective

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This article comments on the conception of new governance as a new ‘style’ of governing. It discusses the common argument in support of the emergence of new governance which proposes that societies have become more complex, and that this complexity demands a new style of governing. The article argues that what is now termed as new governance has a long pedigree, both in the real world of policy making and in the academic literature. It also analyses the changes in the British policy style, highlighting similar changes elsewhere in Europe, and discusses European Union-level policy style.

Keywords: new governance; style of governing; policy making; academic literature; British policy style; European Union

Article.  6555 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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