Good Governance: Concept and Context

ISBN : 9780198841159

Henk Addink
336 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Apr 2019
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This book explores the creation, development, and impact of the concept of 'good governance'. It argues that, alongside the ideas of the rule of law and democracy, good governance acts as a third conceptual cornerstone of the modern state. Good governance can be viewed as a multilevel concept influenced by regional and international legal developments while being grounded in national administrative law. The book presents six principles of good governance: properness, transparency, participation, effectiveness, accountability, and human rights. The development of each of these principles on the national level is explored in a wide range of European contexts, and in Australia, Canada, and South Africa. As well as offering a fully up-to-date and comprehensive overview of administrative law in different jurisdictions, the book compares the implementation of the principles of good governance, taking into account international and European administrative law developments.


Part I: Developing the Concept of Good Governance
1 Good Governance: an Introduction
2 An Overview of Good Governance
3 Good Governance on Multiple Levels
4 Principles of Good Governance: The Theoretical Perspective
5 The Rule of Law and Good Governance
6 Democracy and Good Governance
Part II: Good Governance: Specification by Principles
7 The Principle of Properness
8 The Principle of Transparency
9 The Principle of Participation
10 The Principle of Effectiveness
11 The Principle of Accountability
12 The Principle of Human Rights
Part III: Implementation of the Principles of Good Governance on the National, EU, and International Level
13 Implementation of The Principles Of Good Governance On The National Level: General Discussion
14 Implementation of the Principles of Good Governance on the National Level in the EU
15 Implementation of the Principles of Good Governance on the National Level Outside the EU
16 Implementation of the Good Governance Principles on the European Level
17 Implementation of the Good Governance Principles on the International Level
18 Conclusions-Good Governance: Concept and Context

About the author: 

Henk Addink is a Professor of Law, Economics and Governance at the Utrecht University School of Law and the Institute of Constitutional, Administrative Law and Legal Theory at the University of Utrecht.

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