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Handbook on Theories of Governance

Edited by Christopher Ansell, University of California, Berkeley, US and Jacob Torfing, Roskilde University, Denmark and Nord University, Norway
In the past two decades, governance theories have arisen semi-independently across multiple disciplines. In law and regulation, planning, democratic theory, economics, public management, and international relations, among other disciplines, scholars have sought to describe new strategies of governing. As a result, the notion of governance is now one of the most frequently used social science concepts in the world. No single theory encompasses this diverse body of work, but rather multiple theories with different aims and perspectives. The Handbook on Theories of Governance collects these theories of governance together as an analytical resource for governing in an increasingly complex, fragmented and dynamic society.
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Regulation and Governance
In the past two decades, governance theories have arisen semi-independently across multiple disciplines. In law and regulation, planning, democratic theory, economics, public management, and international relations, among other disciplines, scholars have sought to describe new strategies of governing. As a result, the term ‘governance’ is one of the most frequently used social science concepts in the world. No single theory encompasses this diverse body of work, but rather multiple theories with different aims and perspectives. The Handbook on Theories of Governance collects these theories of governance together as an analytical resource for scholars, students and practitioners.

The Handbook advances a deeper theoretical understanding of governance processes while illuminating the interdisciplinary foundations of the field. By reviewing key theoretical concepts, the Handbook provides a basic conceptual toolkit for analyzing contemporary governance and offers important insights into how governance research contributes to social science theory development. By canvassing the different forms of governance, the chapters also reveal the diversity of contemporary governing practices. An epilogue identifies common themes across the chapters and points to opportunities for future research.

In our increasingly complex, fragmented and dynamic society, this Handbook is a key resource for those who seek to deepen or broaden their theoretical understanding of governance. It will be a powerful aid for scholars, students and practitioners who wish to gauge the theoretical depth and breadth of governance studies.
‘Governance is everywhere in academic research. Students and faculty alike are confronted with so many competing theories, so many definitions. The Handbook on Theories of Governance brings order to the discord of voices and hope to those in despair, marshalling a galaxy of academic talent to provide authoritative surveys. We are all truly grateful.’
– R.A.W. Rhodes, University of Southampton, UK

‘At the moment when governance has become the dominant mode in Public Administration, this excellent book that elaborates all aspects of governance comes at the opportune time.’
– Erik-Hans Klijn, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Contributors: C. Ansell, I. Bache, I. Bartle, P. Blomqvist, J.N. Brass, J.M. Bryson, G. Bullock, J. de Fine Licht, J. Edelenbos, M. Egeberg, L. Ericksson, M. Flinders, A. Gash, S. Geertman, A.K. Gerlak, L. Gerrits, R. Glennon, Å. Gornitzka, S. Griggs, J. Hartley, T. Hartmann, M. Haubrich-Seco, M. Haugaard, T. Heikkila, R. Holahan, D. Howarth, M. Isailovic, B. Jessop, S.I. Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, R. Keast, P. Kenis, A. Klinke, C. Koliba, M. Lubell, W. Mattli, R. Mayntz, J.W. Meek, D. Naurin, K. Nielsen, P.O. Öberg, S. Osborne, D. Panke, Y. Papadopoulos, P. Pattberg, B.G. Peters, J. Pierre, K.S. Quick, Z. Radnor, O. Renn, M.L. Rhodes, K. Sahlin, J. Seddon, E. Sørensen, T. Steelman, K. Stephenson, S. Talesh, L. Taylor, J. Torfing, P. Triantafillou, J. Trondal, N. Turnbull, I. van Meerkerk, J. Yasuda



Contents:

Introduction: Theories of Governance
Christopher Ansell and Jacob Torfing

PART I THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF GOVERNANCE
1. Collective Action Theory
Robert Holahan and Mark Lubell

2. Organization Theory
Morten Egeberg, Åse Gornitzka and Jarle Trondal

3. Public Management Theory
Zoe Radnor, Stephen Osborne and Russ Glennon

4. Planning Theory
Thomas Hartmann and Stan Geertman

5. State Theory
Bob Jessop

6. Democratic Theory
Andreas Klinke

7. Public Law and Regulatory Theory
Shauhin Talesh

8. Development Theory
Jennifer N. Brass

9. International Relations Theory
Kerstin Sahlin

PART II BASIC THEORETICAL CONCEPTS
10. Heterarchy
Karen Stephenson

11. Network
Patrick Kenis

12. Public Participation
Kathryn S. Quick and John M. Bryson

13. Representation
Lucy Taylor

14. Deliberation
Per Ola Öberg

15. Power
Mark Haugaard

16. Legitimacy
Sylvia I. Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen

17. Accountability
Yannis Papadopoulos

18. Transparency
Jenny de Fine Licht and Daniel Naurin

19. Learning
Tanya Heikkila and Andrea K. Gerlak

20. Innovation
Jean Hartley and Jacob Torfing

21. Risk
Ortwin Renn and Andreas Klinke

22. Steering
Renate Mayntz

23. Soft and Hard Governing Tools
Paula Blomqvist

PART III THEORETICAL MODES OF ANALYSIS
24. Information-based Governance Theory
Graham Bullock

25. Discourse Theory
Steven Griggs and David Howarth

26. Institutional Theory
B. Guy Peters

27. Public Choice Theory
Lina Ericksson

28. Economic Theory
Klaus Nielsen

29. Governmentality
Peter Triantafillou

30. Complexity Theory and Systems Analysis
Christopher Koliba, Lasse Gerrits, Mary Lee Rhodes and Jack W. Meek

31. Narrative and Interpretative Theory
Nick Turnbull

32. Pragmatism
Christopher Ansell

33. Normative Theory
Jurian Edelenbos and Ingmar van Meerkerk

PART IV FORMS OF GOVERNANCE
34. Democratic Network Governance
Eva Sørensen

35. Regulatory Governance
John Yasuda

36. Network Governance
Robyn Keast

37. Collaborative Governance
Alison Gash

38. Private Governance
Marija Isailovic and Philipp Pattberg

39. Urban and Regional Governance
Jon Pierre

40. Multi-level Governance
Ian Bach, Ian Bartle and Matthew Flinders

41. EU and Supranational Governance
Diana Panke and Miguel Haubrich-Seco

42. Transnational Economic Governance
Walter Mattli and Jack Seddon

43. Metagovernance
Jacob Torfing

44. Adaptive Governance
Toddi Steelman

Epilogue: The Current Status and Future Development of Governance Theories
Christopher Ansell and Jacob Torfing

Index