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Handbook on Theories of Governance

Handbook on Theories of Governance

Edited by Christopher Ansell and Jacob Torfing

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.

Chapter 36: Network governance

Robyn Keast

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, regulation and governance


Networked governance has a long history. This chapter distills its defining characteristics and discusses theoretical concepts and related theories. It also identifies and describes some of the types, functions and forms these entities can assume. Finally the chapter highlights ongoing and emergent challenges and their implications. It forecasts an increasingly hybrid future in which network governance and theorizing will occupy a central position.

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