Introduction: multi-level and multi-actor governance; O. van Heffen, et al. Part I: Effects of Government Institutions. The comitology game: European policymaking with parliamentary involvement; B. Steunenberg, D. Schmidtchen. Institutional change in the emerging European polity; K. van Kersbergen, et al. The secret and cost of success: institutional change and policy change; M.S. de Vries. The swamp of Dutch politics: how the impact of modernization on political behavior is modified by institutional context; K. Aarts, et al. Interactive decision making and representative democracy: institutional collisions and solutions; E.-H. Klijn, J.F.M. Koppenjan. Is mediation a suitable alternative to court trials? An assessment of institutional effects on the processing of disputes; M. Oude Vrielink. Institutionalism: state models and policy processes; O. van Heffen, P.-J. Klok. Part II: Change of government institutions. Restructuring a corporatist welfare state: managed liberalization and the role of the state, the social partners and the market in Dutch social security and labor market policy; R. van der Veen. Administrative conditions to institutional politics: federalism in an unitary state; T.A.J. Toonen. Public governance in Europe: a historical-institutional tour d'horizon; W.J.M. Kickert, J.L.M. Hakvoort. Information and communication technology and the redefinition of the functional and normative boundaries of government; V.J.J.M. Bekkers. Part III: Formation of government institutions. The mobilization of bias revisited: institutional design, cultural bias and policy-oriented learning; F. Hendriks. Interactive policy making as a serious alternative: Balancing between an open and closed approach; M. Esselbrugge.Process Management; H. de Bruijn, E. ten Heuvelhof. Managing public-private partnerships: influencing processes and institutional context of public-private partnerships; E.-H. Klijn, G.R. Teisman. Legal institutions as systems of legal norms; D.W.P. Ruiter. Contributors. Index.