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Interactive Governance: Advancing the Paradigm

Jacob Torfing, B. Guy Peters, Jon Pierre, and Eva Sørensen


Governance has become one of the most commonly used concepts in contemporary political science. It is, however, often used to mean a variety of different things. This book helps to clarify this conceptual muddle by concentrating on one variety of governance – interactive governance. We argue that although the State may remain important for many aspects of governing, interactions between State and society represent an important, and perhaps increasingly important, dimension of governance. These interactions may be with social actors such as networks, with market actors, or with other government ... More

Keywords: interactive governance, collective action, networks, society, public management, public administration, actors, power, political institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199596751
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob Torfing, author
Professor in Politics and Institutions, Roskilde University

B. Guy Peters, author
Maurice Falk Professor of Government, University of Pittsburgh

Jon Pierre, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Gothenburg