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Evolutionary Governance Theory

Theory and Applications

Editors: Beunen, Raoul, Van Assche, Kristof, Duineveld, Martijn (Eds.)

  • Provides an overview of Evolutionary Governance Theory (EGT) and its most important concepts
  • Offers contributions from renowned theorists working on evolutionary understandings of governance, policy, public administration, law and development
  • Shows how Evolutionary Governance Theory can be applied to a wide range of issues crossing academic and policy boundaries
  • Presents a conceptual toolbox for analyzing actors, institutions, and power/knowledge
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About this book

This volume presents empirical studies and theoretical reflections on Evolutionary Governance Theory (EGT), its most important concepts and their interrelations. As a novel theory of governance, EGT understands governance as radically evolutionary, which implies that all elements of governance are subject to evolution, that these elements co-evolve and that many of them are the product of governance itself. Through this book we learn how communities understand themselves and their environment and why they create the complex structures and processes we analyze as governance paths. Authors from different disciplines develop the EGT framework further and apply it to a wide rage networks of power, governance of agricultural resources etc. The contributors also reflect on the possibilities and limitations of steering, intervention, management and development in a world continuously in flux. It bridges the gap between more fundamental and philosophical accounts of the social sciences and applied studies, offering theoretical advancements as well as practical recommendations.

About the authors

Raoul Beunen is Assistant Professor of Environmental Governance at the Faculty of Management, Science & Technology at the Open University, Netherlands and Visiting Researcher at the Strategic Communication Group of Wageningen University. He works on Evolutionary Governance Theory in the fields of natural resource management and spatial planning. His research explores the potentials and limitations of environmental policy and planning in the perspective of adaptive governance and sustainability.

Kristof Van Assche is Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Visiting Associate Professor in Strategic Communication, Wageningen University, and Research Fellow at ZEF/ Center for Development Research, Bonn University. He is interested in evolution and innovation in governance, with focus areas in development, environment, spatial planning and design. His work is often comparative in nature, including a fieldwork component and theoretical reflections.

Martijn Duineveld is Assistant Professor of Cultural Geography at Wageningen University. He works on Evolutionary Governance Theory in the fields of geography and urban planning. He studies the dynamics of power / knowledge and places, processes of inclusion and exclusion, object- and subject formation in Governance. He teaches on human geography, cultural geography, sustainability, landscape architecture and planning. He is active in both academic and societal debates on citizenship, planning, governance and democratization.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • The Search for Evolutionary Approaches to Governance

    Beunen, Raoul (et al.)

    Pages 3-17

  • An Overview of EGT’s Main Concepts

    Assche, Kristof (et al.)

    Pages 19-33

  • Planning and Law in Evolving Governance

    Assche, Kristof (et al.)

    Pages 37-55

  • The Evolution of Welfare State Governance

    Verschraegen, Gert

    Pages 57-71

  • Cultures of Informality and Networks of Power in Post-Soviet Non-democracies

    Hayoz, Nicolas

    Pages 73-85

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eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-12274-8
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-12273-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-36032-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolutionary Governance Theory
Book Subtitle
Theory and Applications
Editors
  • Raoul Beunen
  • Kristof Van Assche
  • Martijn Duineveld
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-12274-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-12274-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-12273-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36032-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 348
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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