You are here

The SAGE Handbook of Governance

The SAGE Handbook of Governance

Edited by:
  • Mark Bevir - University of California, Berkeley, USA

December 2010 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The study of governance has risen to prominence as a way of describing and explaining changes in our world. The SAGE Handbook of Governance presents an authoritative and innovative overview of this fascinating field, with particular emphasis on the significant new and emerging theoretical issues and policy innovations.

The Handbook is divided into three parts. Part one explores the major theories influencing current thinking and shaping future research in the field of governance. Part two deals specifically with changing practices and policy innovations, including the changing role of the state, transnational and global governance, markets and networks, public management, and budgeting and finance. Part three explores the dilemmas of managing governance, including attempts to rethink democracy and citizenship as well as specific policy issues such as capacity building, regulation, and sustainable development.

This volume is an excellent resource for advanced students and researchers in political science, economics, geography, sociology, and public administration.

Mark Bevir is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mark Bevir
Governance as Theory, Practice and Dilemma
Henrik Enroth
Policy-Network Theory
Keith Dowding
Rational-Choice Theory
Mark Bevir
Interpretive Theory
Robert K. Christensen and Mary Tschirhart
Organization Theory
B. Guy Peters
Institutional Theory
Anders Esmark
Systems Theory
Bob Jessop
Jefferey M. Sellers
State-Society Relations
Patrick Le Galès
Policy Instruments and Governance
Phyllis R. Pomerantz
Development Theory
Pippa Norris
Measuring Governance
Mark Bevir and R. A. W. Rhodes
The Stateless State
Laurence E. Lynn Jr
The Persistence of Hierarchy
Steven Cohen and William Eimicke
Contracting out
Carolyn J. Heinrich
Public Management
Anthony B. L. Cheung
Budgeting and Finance
Gunnar Folke Schuppert
Andy Smith
Multijurisdictional Regulation
Bas Denters
Local Governance
M. Shamsul Haque
Non-Governmental Organizations
Anne-Marie Slaughter and Thomas N. Hale
Transgovernmental Networks
Mark Bevir and Ian Hall
Global Governance
Mark Considine and Kamran Ali Afzal
Lisa Blomgren Bingham
Collaborative Governance
Peter McLaverty
Janet V. Denhardt and Robert B. Denhardt
Michael McGuire
Network Management
Petri Koikkalainen
Social Inclusion
Hok Bun Ku and Angelina W. K. Yuen-Tsang
Fumihiko Saito
Wai Fung Lam
Governing the Commons
Marian Döhler
James Meadowcroft
Sustainable Development

'While the verb "to govern" and the noun "government" are well established terms, "governance" is relatively new to social science vocabulary. What does "it" mean? Mark Bevir's Handbook of Governance is a welcomed contribution to a clearer understanding of this emerging seminal concept. Drawing on some of the best 21st century minds in this field, his Handbook is probative and exploratory, one that wrestles with the basic theory, modern practice, and central dilemmas of "governance". Readers are thus treated to profound and urgently needed insights into its meaning and significance today' -

Richard Stillman, University of Colorado, Denver.

This textbook provides an insightful overview of the topic of governance. I particularly find aspects of this book useful when reviewing local governance and its significance at local level and the theoretical issues surrounding governance.

Ms Kelly Maguire
Marketing Department , Leisure and Tourism, Sligo Institute of Technology
February 24, 2016

It provides a very good and comprehensive overview on the topic of governance. It can certainly be a useful supplement for students in my course to identify and understand different theories of governance as well as how they are practiced in different situations.

Dr Datuk Ary Adriansyah Samsura
Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Radboud University Nijmegen
August 27, 2015

Very good introduction to governance for bachelor students. The main strength is the acknowledgement of Policy network as the precursors and a huge work of theoretisation.
It will be used as a basis to rebuild my governance course.

Professor David Aubin
Political and social sciences, Catholic University of Louvain
May 13, 2015

The book edited by Mark Bevir offers an encompassing account of the 'varieties of governance'. As the proponents of specific approaches introduce their particular perspectives, the handbook demonstrates the divergent modes of reasoning, encouraging a discussion of their shortcomings and strengths.

Mr Vincent Rzepka
Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin
September 11, 2015

Excellent handbook - will be made available in the library for our postgraduate students. Provides a great analysis of corporate governance theories

Mr Peter Shanks
School of the Built Environment, Ulster University
February 24, 2015

This text is the most up to date and comprehensive resource on governance which I have been able to find. Geared towards more advanced students and researches, it successfully navigates theories of governance changing policy and practice and current debate and challenge.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
September 23, 2013

Both authors and issue contribute to the administrative literature. This book has an important content about governance. It can be essential source for both researcher and students. Thanks to Mark Bevir for his study.

Dr Sabrina Kayıkcı
Public Administration, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University
April 29, 2013

This is an excellent overview of the scholarship on governance, including international governance.

Dr Kamil Zwolski
Dept of Politics & Int'l Relations, Southampton University
March 28, 2013

For instructors

This book is not available as an inspection copy. For more information contact your local sales representative.

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781446270424
ISBN: 9781847875778

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.

SAGE Knowledge brings together high-quality content from across our imprints, including CQ Press and Corwin titles.