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Handbook on Theories of Governance
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Handbook on Theories of Governance

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9781800371965 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Christopher Ansell, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, US and Jacob Torfing, Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark, and Professor, Nord University, Norway
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 196 5 Extent: 656 pp
The thoroughly revised and updated Handbook on Theories of Governance brings together leading scholars in the field to summarise and assess the diversity of governance theories. The Handbook advances a deeper theoretical understanding of governance processes, illuminating the interdisciplinary foundations of the field.

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The thoroughly revised and updated Handbook on Theories of Governance brings together leading scholars in the field to summarise and assess the diversity of governance theories. The Handbook advances a deeper theoretical understanding of governance processes, illuminating the interdisciplinary foundations of the field.

Chapters review key concepts and ideas that form the backbone of modern governance studies, offering vital insights into how this contributes to the development of social science research. The comprehensively updated second edition provides new insights on governance in the contemporary political landscape of global authoritarian populism, emergent progressive movements and the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Delivering a foundational conceptual toolkit for research, this Handbook reveals the diversity of contemporary governing practices as changing political dynamics lay the groundwork for the next generation of theories of governance.

Sketching a comprehensive map for governance research, this Handbook is a crucial resource for scholars and researchers of governance, as well as those in political science, public policy and public management in need of a solid understanding of core governance theories. It also offers policymakers and practitioners an agenda for navigating the future of governance in a rapidly changing global political order.
Critical Acclaim
‘The second edition of the Handbook on Theories of Governance attests to the increasing relevance – indeed the centrality – of governance theories to 21st century political and public policy challenges. With the addition of 6 new chapters and an excellent grounding preface, this edition underscores the growing array of contributing disciplines, scales, and perspectives that enrich our understanding and appreciation of governance theories.’
– Kirk Emerson, University of Arizona, US

‘Pity the poor doctoral student who propose to tackle theories of governance. Confronted by many competing theories from multiple disciplines, which way to turn? Once hapless, now help is to hand. Ansell and Torfing provide an authoritative, comprehensive source. They cannot reconcile all the theoretical and disciplinary differences, but they can and do provide a systematic overview of the field. All can now reflect upon this current blessing not their previous misfortune.’
– Roderick Rhodes, University of Southampton, UK
Contributors
Contributors: Christopher Ansell, Ian Bache, Ian Bartle, Paula Blomqvist, Tony Bovaird, Jennifer N. Brass, John M. Bryson, Graham Bullock, Paul Cairney, Jenny de Fine Licht, Jurian Edelenbos, Morten Egeberg, Lina Ericksson, Matthew Flinders, Alison Gash, Stan Geertman, Andrea K. Gerlak, Lasse Gerrits, Russ Glennon, Åse Gornitzka, Steven Griggs, Jean Hartley, Thomas Hartmann, Miguel Haubrich-Seco, Mark Haugaard, Tanya Heikkila, Robert Holahan, David Howarth, Marija Isailovic, Bob Jessop, Sylvia I. Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Robyn Keast, Patrick Kenis, Andreas Klinke, Christopher Koliba, Elke Loeffler, Mark Lubell, Walter Mattli, Renate Mayntz, Jack W. Meek, Daniel Naurin, Klaus Nielsen, Bart Nooteboom, Per Ola Öberg, Stephen Osborne, Alex Osei-Kojo, Diana Panke, Yannis Papadopoulos, Philipp Pattberg, B. Guy Peters, Jonathan J. Pierce, Jon Pierre, Kathryn S. Quick, Zoe Radnor, Bernardo Rangoni, Ortwin Renn, Mary Lee Rhodes, Kerstin Sahlin, Jack Seddon, Saba Siddiki, Eva Sørensen, Toddi Steelman, Karen Stephenson, Shauhin Talesh, Lucy Taylor, Jacob Torfing, Peter Triantafillou, Jarle Trondal, Nick Turnbull, Ingmar van Meerkerk, John Yasuda
Contents
Contents:

Preface xii
Acknowledgements xvii
1 Introduction to the Handbook on Theories of Governance 1
Christopher Ansell and Jacob Torfing

PART I THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF GOVERNANCE
2 Collective action theory 18
Robert Holahan and Mark Lubell
3 Organization theory 28
Morten Egeberg, Åse Gornitzka and Jarle Trondal
4 Public management theory 42
Zoe Radnor, Stephen Osborne and Russ Glennon
5 Planning theory 56
Thomas Hartmann and Stan Geertman
6 Policy process frameworks 66
Saba Siddiki
7 State theory 77
Bob Jessop
8 Democratic theory 89
Andreas Klinke
9 Public law and regulatory theory 104
Shauhin Talesh
10 Development theory 118
Jennifer N. Brass
11 International relations theory 129
Kerstin Sahlin

PART II BASIC THEORETICAL CONCEPTS
12 Heterarchy 140
Karen Stephenson
13 Network 149
Patrick Kenis
14 Public participation 158
Kathryn S. Quick and John M. Bryson
15 Representation 169
Lucy Taylor
16 Deliberation 178
Per Ola Öberg
17 Power 187
Mark Haugaard
18 Legitimacy 196
Sylvia I. Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen
19 Trust 205
Bart Nooteboom
20 Accountability 215
Yannis Papadopoulos
21 Transparency 226
Jenny de Fine Licht and Daniel Naurin
22 Evidence 234
Paul Cairney
23 Learning 244
Tanya Heikkila and Andrea K. Gerlak
24 Innovation 254
Jean Hartley and Jacob Torfing
25 Risk 264
Ortwin Renn and Andreas Klinke
26 Steering 278
Renate Mayntz
27 Soft and hard governing tools 285
Paula Blomqvist

PART III THEORETICAL MODES OF ANALYSIS
28 Information-based governance 298
Graham Bullock
29 Discourse theory 309
Steven Griggs and David Howarth
30 Institutional theory 323
B. Guy Peters
31 Public choice theory 336
Lina Ericksson
32 The Advocacy Coalition Framework 353
Jonathan J. Pierce and Alex Osei-Kojo
33 Economic theory 365
Klaus Nielsen
34 Governmentality 378
Peter Triantafillou
35 Complexity theory and systems analysis 389
Christopher Koliba, Lasse Gerrits, Mary Lee Rhodes and Jack W. Meek
36 Narrative and interpretative theory 407
Nick Turnbull
37 Pragmatism 419
Christopher Ansell
38 Normative considerations of interactive governance: effectiveness,
efficiency, legitimacy and innovation 429
Jurian Edelenbos and Ingmar van Meerkerk

PART IV FORMS OF GOVERNANCE
39 Co-production: theoretical roots and conceptual frameworks 446
Tony Bovaird and Elke Loeffler
40 Democratic network governance 462
Eva Sørensen
41 Regulatory governance 472
John Yasuda
42 Network governance 485
Robyn Keast
43 Collaborative governance 497
Alison Gash
44 Private governance 510
Marija Isailovic and Philipp Pattberg
45 Urban and regional governance 519
Jon Pierre
46 Multi-level governance 528
Ian Bache, Ian Bartle and Matt Flinders
47 EU and supranational governance 540
Diana Panke and Miguel Haubrich-Seco
48 Transnational economic governance 555
Walter Mattli and Jack Seddon
49 Metagovernance 567
Jacob Torfing
50 Adaptive governance 580
Toddi Steelman
51 Experimentalist governance 592
Bernardo Rangoni
52 Epilogue: the current status and future development of governance theories 604
Christopher Ansell and Jacob Torfing

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