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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Governance, Politics and the State

ISBN 9780333718483
Publication Date June 2000
Formats Paperback Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Political Analysis

The term 'governance' has become one of the most widely used in debates in Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations - often to mean very different things. Written by two leading political scientists, Governance, Politics and the State is the first systematic introduction to its nature, meaning and significance. Its central concern is with how societies are being, and can be, steered in an increasingly complex world where states must increasingly interact with and influence other actors and institutions to achieve results.

JON PIERRE is Professor of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He previously held a Chair in Politics at the University of Strathclyde. He is author or editor of fifteen books are a large number of journal articles.

B. GUY PETERS is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Management at the Catholic University of Leuven, and Senior Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Management Development. He is author or editor of over 50 books in comparative politics, public administration and public policy.

Introduction: What is Governance?
PART 1: PERSPECTIVES ON GOVERNANCE
Different Ways to Think About Governance
Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives on Governance
Why the Concern with Governance Now?
PART II: MODELS OF GOVERNANCE
Governance at Three Levels
Scenario 1: Reasserting Control
Scenario 2: Letting Other Regimes Rule
Communitarianism, Deliberation, Direct Democracy and Governance
PART III: GOVERNANCE AND THE STATE
States in Transition
Conclusions: Rethinking States and Governance.

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