Handbook on Theories of Governance
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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.
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Chapter 39: Urban and regional governance

Jon Pierre

Abstract

This chapter investigates the evolution of the study of local and regional governance, from an organizational towards an institutional perspective and later on to a political economy approach before the governance perspective emerged. This trajectory applies primarily to the study of local government and urban politics. Regions were for a long period of time “the forgotten tier of government” but have gained more scholarly attention along with the consolidation of the European Union and the growing role of regions in international arenas. Regional governance as a theoretical model is less developed than the urban governance framework.

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