Governance Analysis
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Governance Analysis

Critical Enquiry at the Intersection of Politics, Policy and Society

Edited by Emma Carmel

This state-of-the-art book develops the parameters of ‘governance analysis’ as a critical mode of enquiry. From a synthesis of theoretical approaches to public policy and governance, it offers a critical analytical perspective for empirical research and the development of theories of governance. This perspective is applied to seven detailed examples, from local to international and comparative public policy. Both innovative and unique, Governance Analysis shows that the messy real life of policymaking and its implications can be analysed systematically and insightfully without retreating to outdated ‘models’ of public policymaking or case-specific critique.
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Chapter 10: Governing, politics and policy contestation within European networks

Hester Kan


This chapter applies governance analysis to the European Union, opening the black box of governing processes in European networks. Looking at two informal co-operation networks in the domain of public services, this research reveals and explains the political nature of governing and the interrelations among actors and institutions. A prime focus is placed on the implications for policy and the direction of the networks in question. The findings reveal how network objectives are contested among actors and that despite the absence of a formal policymaking mandate these networks do feed into policymaking. The findings not only have implications for European governance but equally for other transnational networks operating at the international level, highlighting the complexity and political nature of governing as well as the diffuse boundaries between exchanging knowledge, learning, influencing and shaping policymaking.

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