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Interactive GovernanceAdvancing the Paradigm$
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Jacob Torfing, B. Guy Peters, Jon Pierre, and Eva Sørensen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596751

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596751.001.0001

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Measuring governance

Measuring governance

(p.71) 4 Measuring governance
Interactive Governance

Jacob Torfing

B. Guy Peters

Jon Pierre

Eva Sørensen

Oxford University Press

unities, it is only natural that the individuals interested in the concept would attempt to find some ways of measuring the concept. Governance at its most basic level means the capacity of actors (both official institutions themselves and those operating in concert with social actors) to set andAs the term governance has become used more commonly in both the academic and practitioner comm pursue collective goals, and secondarily to do so in a democratic manner. Existing indicator systems for governance coming from the World Bank and others, as important as they may be for assessing many aspects of development, do not assess effectively the goal-setting and process attributes that we will argue (see below) are central to understanding governance. In addition to the difficulties in measuring governance per se, there are perhaps greater problems involved in measuring interactive governance. In addition to the issues involved in the capacity to influence the economy and society, there is the need to understand how interactions with social actors are involved in these processes. This need may therefore involve greater concern with processes as well as with the most basic issues of the consequences of governing.

Keywords:   political institutions, social actors, interactive governance, collective goals

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