Chapter 3: Framing governance
The word governance invokes a certain sense of familiarity. It is often encountered in daily life; for example in the media, corporate boardrooms, the world of politics and power, in dealings with governments, state departments and government officials; in almost all instances where regulation occurs and where authority, in whatever form and whether emanating from state or non-state sources, is present and exercised. Governance has become a popular focus of scholarly analysis in many disciplines, especially the social and economic sciences (for example, public administration, business administration, and political science). As was argued in Chapter 1, the pervasive governance concept has also found its way into the environmental regulatory scene where environmental regulation in its fourth generational guise is termed environmental governance. To be sure, environmental governance, as its name suggests, is centrally concerned with the issue of governance.
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