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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.

Epilogue: the current status and future development of governance theories

Christopher Ansell and Jacob Torfing

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


Governance theories have arisen in the last 20 or so years to explain new challenges and new forms of governing. This Epilogue reflects on common findings and arguments of the individual chapters in the Handbook on Theories of Governance, identifying ten broad themes that cut across the chapters. Despite the diversity of governance theories, these themes describe some of the central concerns and orientations of governance theorists. This Epilogue concludes by identifying ten common research challenges identified in individual chapters. The chapters argue that addressing these challenges can advance and refine governance theories, and drawing them together in this Epilogue suggests a future research agenda for governance studies.

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