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The Crisis of Governance

Public, Corporate and International

9781839103292 Edward Elgar Publishing
Owen E. Hughes, Adjunct Professor, School of Management, RMIT University, Australia
Publication Date: January 2023 ISBN: 978 1 83910 329 2 Extent: c 208 pp
Owen E. Hughes investigates governance across sectors including corporate, international and political governance, arguing that governance, as a general concept and an operational system, is in crisis. Hughes reasons that the crisis is in governance in general, in how societies run themselves, in how companies are run and how international organizations are run.

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Owen E. Hughes investigates governance across sectors including corporate, international and political governance, arguing that governance, as a general concept and an operational system, is in crisis. Hughes reasons that the crisis is in governance in general, in how societies run themselves, in how companies are run and how international organizations are run.

This critical book examines the ways in which governance enables the smooth running of these societies, companies and organizations, from sub-national to international levels, and how the setting up of structures or institutional arrangements can impact this. These structures, institutions and arrangements are explored from legal, ethical and behavioural perspectives to provide a well-informed introduction to the crisis of governance. The book further examines debates over the facts, lies, science and policies behind governance, scrutinising the conflicts between democracy and autocracy in governance.

The Crisis of Governance will be a beneficial resource for both undergraduate and graduate courses in public administration and management. Academics, students and scholars interested in public affairs, international politics and corporate economics will also find value in this timely book.
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‘In his latest book, Hughes takes readers on a sweeping tour of the crisis of governance confronting us. Exploring a range of historical and contemporary themes, Hughes stakes out a fascinating argument about the criticality of governance and why its revival is central to our shared futures.’
– Janine O'Flynn, University of Melbourne, Australia

‘The Crisis of Governance is based on the premise that governance is in crisis and this includes a crisis of government, business, politics, science and expertise and difficulties in countries, firms and individuals working together to achieve societal goals. Hughes develops this argument by developing a Weberian-informed account of governance that explores governance for what and for whom. This includes a focus on different scales at which governance is enacted. The result is a detailed discussion of governance processes and practices with a particular focus on highlighting tensions, challenges and regulatory problems. This book develops a framework heavily informed by a detailed analysis of governance in the United States that could be usefully applied to explore governance in crisis in other contexts.’
– John Bryson, University of Birmingham, UK
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