Interactive Governance: Advancing the Paradigm by Jacob TorfingInteractive Governance: Advancing the Paradigm by Jacob Torfing

Interactive Governance: Advancing the Paradigm

byJacob Torfing, B. Guy Peters, Jon Pierre

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

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Governance has become one of the most commonly used concepts in contemporary political science. It is, however, often used to mean a variety of different things. This book helps to clarify this conceptual muddle by concentrating on one variety of governance-interactive governance. The authorsargue that although the state may remain important for many aspects of governing, interactions between state and society represent an important, and perhaps increasingly important, dimension of governance. These interactions may be with social actors such as networks, with market actors or withother governments, but all these forms represent means of governing involving mixtures of state action with the actions of other entities.This book explores thoroughly this meaning of governance, and links it to broader questions of governance. In the process of explicating this dimension of governance the authors also explore some of the more fundamental questions about governance theory. For example, although governance is talked about a great deal political science has done relatively little about how to measure this concept. Likewise,the term multi-level governance has become widely used but its important to understand that idea more fully and see how it functions in the context of interactive forms of governance. The authors also link governance to some very fundamental questions in political science and the social sciencesmore broadly. How is power exercised in interactive governance? How democratic is interactive governance, and is democratic governance always advanced through transparency?
Jacob Torfing teaches political science, political theory and public administration. He is the director of Center for Democratic Network Governance and vice-direction of the large-scale research project on Collaborative Innovation in the Public Sector. He is Professor in Politics and Institutions at Roskilde University in Denmark. B. G...
Title:Interactive Governance: Advancing the ParadigmFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pagesPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Governance Debate and the Rise of Interactive Governance2. Governance in other Disciplines: One Approach or Many?3. Power and Politics In Interactive Governance4. Measuring Governance5. Horizontal, Vertical, and Diagonal Governance6. Institutionalizing Interactive Governance7. Metagovernance: The Art of Governing Interactive Governance8. New Roles and Role Dilemmas in Interactive Governance9. Assessing and Improving Effective Interactive Governance10. Assessing And Improving The Democratic Quality of Interactive Governance11. Transparency and Governance12. ConclusionsReferences