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Public Governance

Public Governance

Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Mark Bevir - University of California, Berkeley, USA

March 2007 | 1 736 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The SAGE Library of Political Science is a new series of major works that will bring together the articles that have been most influential in shaping the discipline.

Each multi-volume set will present a collection of field-defining published works, both classical and contemporary, sourced from the foremost publications in the discipline by an internationally renowned Editor or Editorial Team. They will also include a full introduction, presenting a rationale for the selection and mapping out the past, present and likely future of each area.

The Series will cover both the key approaches to studying the discipline and the primary sub-fields that form the focus of political scientists' work.


The language of public governance referring to changes in the nature and the role of the state has arisen to prominence in the last twenty years across the social, political and economic sciences. 'Public Governance' has also become a major topic of concern for political and non-profit actors, as evidenced, for example, by its role in shaping the lending criteria of institutions such as the World Bank.

A vast literature encompassing contributions derived from many of the leading theories in the contemporary social sciences, including rational choice, institutionalism, functionalism, systems theory and interpretive approaches can be found across a large range of journals severing different academic disciplines. This four volume set is the first to collect the most significant and insightful articles into a single volume set.

Together the volumes:

- elucidate and explain many new trends of public sector reform at the state and local levels, including multi-level governance, new public management, networks, and partnerships.

- explore these trends and others across many of today's most important areas of policy, such as urban regeneration, the environment, and e-governance.

- illustrate ethical and political questions about good governance: how might we rethink accountability, social inclusion, and democracy given these extensive changes in political organizations?

Volume 1: Theories of Governance

Volume 2: Public Sector Reform

Volume 3: Public Policy

Volume 4: Good Governance

R A W Rhodes
The New Governance
Governing without Government

A Farazmand
Globalization and Public Administration
Garrett Hardin
The Tragedy of the Commons
O Williamson
Transaction-Cost Economics
The Governance of Contractural Relations

K Dowding, P Dunleavy, D King, H Margetts and Y Rydin
Understanding Urban Governance
The Contribution of Rational Choice

J March and J Olson
The New Institutionalism
Organisational Factors in Political Life

F Scharpf
Co-Ordination in Hierarchies and Networks
I Greener
Understanding NHS Reform
The Policy-Transfer, Social Learning and Path-Dependency Perspectives

B Jessop
The Regulation Approach
Implications for Political Theory

B Jessop
Governance and Meta-Governance
On Reflexivity, Requisite Variety and Requisite Irony

J Peck and J Tickell
Neoliberalizing Space
M Brans and S Rossbach
The Autopoiesis of Administrative Systems
Niklas Luhmann on Public Administration and Public Policy

J Kooiman and M van Vliet
Self-Governance as a Mode of Societal Governance
J Kooiman
Societal Governance
Levels, Modes and Orders of Political Interaction

Mark Bevir
Governance and Interpretation
What are the Implications of Postfoundationalism?

Mark Bevir
A Decentered Theory of Governance
Nikolas Rose
Governing 'Advanced' Liberal Democracies
A King
Problems of Governing in the 1980s

V Wright
Reshaping the State
The Implications for Public Administration

L E Lynn
The Myth of the Bureaucratic Paradigm
What Traditional Public Administration Really Stood For

Christopher Hood
A Public Management for all Seasons
Vincent Wright
The Paradoxes of Administrative Reform
D Grimshaw, S Vincent and H Willmott
Going Privately
Partnership and Outsourcing in UK Public Services

Larry D Terry
Administrative Leadership, Neo-Managerialism and the Public Management Movement
D Kettl
The Global Revolution in Public Management
Driving Themes, Missing Links

Chris Ansell
The Networked Polity
Regional Development in Western Europe

L O'Toole
Treating Networks Seriously
Practical and Research-Based Agendas in Public Administration

Vivien Lowndes and Chris Skelcher
The Dynamics of Multi-Organizational Partnerships
An Analysis of Changing Modes of Governance

T Bovaird
Public-Private Partnerships
From Contested Concepts to Prevalent Practice

D Hodson and I Maher
The Open-Method as a New Mode of Governance
The Case of Soft Economic Policy Co-Ordination

Mark Considine and J M Lewis
Governance at Ground Level
The Frontline Bureaucrat in the Age of Markets and Networks

A Leftwich
Governance, Democracy and Development in the Third World
J S Wunsch
Decentralization, Local Governance and 'Recentralization' in Africa
S Knack
Aid Dependence and the Quality of Governance
Cross-Country Empirical Tests

C Lindblom
The Science of Muddling Through
D Osborne and T Gaebler
Community-Owned Government
Empowering Rather Than Serving

B G Peters
Politicians and Bureaucrats in the Process of Governing
Chris Huxham
The Challenge of Collaborative Governance
R B Denhardt and J V Denhardt
The New Public Service
Serving Rather Than Steering

R Agranoff and M McGuire
Managing in Network Settings
E-H Klijn and G Teisman
Managing Public-Private Partnerships
R Rhodes
From Marketization to Diplomacy
It's the Mix that Matters

G Majone
From the Positive to the Regulatory State
Causes and Consequences of Changes on the Mode of Governance

C Hood, O James and C Scott
Regulation of Government
Has it Increased, Is it Increasing, Should it Be Diminished?

K Bakker
Neoliberalizing Nature?
Market Environmentalism in Water Supply in England and Wales

Policy Learning
I Sanderson
Evaluation, Policy Learning and Evidence-Based Policy Making
C de la Porte, P Poched and G Room
Social Benchmarking, Policy Making and the New Governance in the EU
F van Waarden
Persistence of National Policy Styles
A Study of Their Institutional Foundations

J Dryzek
Policy Analysis and Planning
From Science to Argument

J Forester
Beyond Dialogue to Transformative Learning
How Deliberative Rituals Encourage Political Judgement in Community Planning Processes

H Bang and E Sørensen
The Everyday Maker
A New Challenge to Democratic Governance

R Keohane
Governance in a Partially Globalized World
M Doornbos
'Good Governance'
The Rise and Decline of a Policy Metaphor

D Williams and T Young
Governance, the World Bank and Liberal Theory
M S Grindle
Good Enough Governance
Poverty Reduction and Reform in Developing Countries

L deLeon and R Denhardt
The Political Theory of Reinvention
M Haque
The Diminishing Publicness of Public Service under the Current Mode of Governance
E Vigoda
From Responsiveness to Collaboration
Governance, Citizens and the Next Generation of Public Administration

G Majone
Nonmajoritarian Institutions and the Limits of Democratic Governance
A Political Transaction-Cost Approach

Mark Considine
The End of the Line?
Accountable Governance in the Age of Networks, Partnerships and Joined-Up Services

M Minow
Public and Private Partnerships
Accounting for the New Religion

C Lord and D Beetham
Legitimizing the EU
Is There a 'Post-Parliamentary Basis for its Legitimation

Andrew Moravcsik
In Defence of the Democratic Deficit
Reassessing Legitimacy in the European Union

R Putnam
Bowling Alone
America's Declining Social Capital

K Armstrong
Rediscovering Civil Society
The European Union and the White Paper on Governance

M Geddes
Tackling Social Exclusion in the European Union?
The Limits to the New Orthodoxy of Local Partnership

A Fung and E O Wright
Deepening Democracy
Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance

Mark Bevir
Democratic Governance
Systems and Radical Perspectives

D Slater
Other Domains of Democratic Theory
Space, Power and the Politics of Democratization