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Community, Scale, and Regional Governance: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, Volume II

Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks


The postfunctionalist premise of this book is that governance is not one thing. It is at least two things: it is a means to realize ends and it is an end in itself. The first conception conceives governance, binding collective decision making in the public sphere, as a functional adaptation to the provision of public goods. The second conceives governance as an expression of human sociality. It stresses that humans are social beings who value self-rule for what it is as well as for what it does. Collective self-rule has intrinsic value for people who consider themselves part of a community. Th ... More

Keywords: region, regionalism, multilevel governance, community, scale, self-rule, shared rule, postfunctionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198766971
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766971.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liesbet Hooghe, author
W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and Chair in Multilevel Governance , VU University Amsterdam

Gary Marks, author
Burton Craige Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Chair in Multilevel Governance, VU University Amsterdam