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Governance: A Very Short Introduction [#333]
Governance: A Very Short Introduction [#333]
  • Explores the definitions of one of the most widely used and yet least understood concepts
  • Considers the main contemporary theories of governance and the interaction with corporate, public, and global spheres
  • Considers issues such as what makes good or bad governance

The word 'governance' is ubiquitous. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund make loans conditional on 'good governance'. Climate change and avian flu appear as issues of 'global governance'. The European Union issues a White Paper on 'Governance'. The U.S. Forest Service calls for 'collaborative governance'. What accounts for the pervasive use of the term 'governance' and to what does it refer? It has a bewildering set of answers. The word 'governance' is used in a variety of contexts, but at a general level, it refers to all forms of social coordination and patterns of rule. 
In this Very Short Introduction, Mark Bevir considers not only the main theories of governance, but also their impact in a variety of areas including corporate, public, and global affairs. 
Reading Guide


List of abbreviations
1: What is governance?
2: Organizational governance
3: Corporate governance
4: Public governance
5: Global governance
6: Good Governance
Further reading

About the author: 

Mark Bevir is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of New Labour: A Critique (Routledge, 2005), Key Concepts in Governance(Sage, 2009), Democratic Governance (PUP, 2010), and The State as Cultural Practice(OUP, 2010). He is also the editor or co-editor of 10 books, including a two volume Encyclopaedia of Governance (Sage, 2007). He founded the undergraduate course on 'Theories of Governance' at Berkeley and he teaches a graduate course on 'Strategies of Contemporary Governance'.

"[A] a well written, strong account of the story of governance" - Political Studies Review

Product details

ISBN : 9780199606412

Mark Bevir
152 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Oct 2012
Very Short Introductions
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Governance: A Very Short Introduction [#333]

Governance: A Very Short Introduction [#333]

Governance: A Very Short Introduction [#333]