Governance in Modern Society

Governance in Modern Society : Effects, Change and Formation of Government Institutions

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This book is the immediate result of the co-operation of a great number of scholars in the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG). NIG is an interuniversity research school. As such it has a double task. In addition to offering a Ph.D program to students in Public Administration it also is a research institute in which a great number of scholars from seven Dutch universities participate and work on a common research program. The chapters in this book are all products of the research program that started in 1995. This program had the ambition to explore the frontiers of the discipline in two respects. First by studying a number of recent developments in society and their consequences for the functioning of government. These consequences can be summarised as the development of a system of multi level and multi actor governance. Second, by contributing to the knowledge of institutions, both by studying what factors are most important in the formation and change of institutions and by studying the effects of institutions on the behaviour of actors in different political and administrative settings. Most contributions to this volume either have their origin in conferences organized by the NIG or were published as an NIG working paper. We are grateful to Marcia Clifford and Connie Hoekstra who prepared the final version of the manuscript, to Ian Priestnall who took care of the language editing and to an anonymous reviewer whose comments were gratefully used.
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  • Hardback | 379 pages
  • 165.1 x 238.8 x 25.4mm | 113.4g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2001 ed.
  • IX, 379 p.
  • 0792366530
  • 9780792366539

Table of contents

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.
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