The Governance of Public Affairs

Bell, S. R. and Hindmoor, A. M. (2009) The Governance of Public Affairs. Journal of Public Affairs, 9 2: 149-159. doi:10.1002/pa.306

Author Bell, S. R.
Hindmoor, A. M.
Title The Governance of Public Affairs
Journal name Journal of Public Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-3891
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/pa.306
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 149
End page 159
Total pages 11
Editor Danny Moss
Phil Harris
Place of publication London
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 360200 Policy and Administration
750600 Government and Politics
9402 Government and Politics
1605 Policy and Administration
Abstract Government and governance are frequently treated as synonyms. Governing is what governments do in formulating and implementing policies. A burgeoning political science literature uses the term governance in a different way to describe the growing tendency of governments to govern in partnership with a range of non-state actors and, as a purported consequence, the marginalization of governments within policymaking processes. Here, some writers go so far as to talk about ‘governance without government’. In a forthcoming book, Rethinking Governance: Bringing the State Back In, Stephen Bell and I argue that this dominant 'society-centred’ perspective on governance is flawed. In our view whilst governments are indeed now more likely to forge relationships with a larger range of non-state actors, they nevertheless remain the central players in governance arrangements. Indeed we argue that governments have been strengthened through the relationships they have developed. This article reviews some of the extant literature on governance and specifies the basic terms of our ‘state-centric relational’ approach.
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 09 Sep 2009, 15:05:07 EST by Elmari Louise Whyte on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies