European Political Science

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 305–315

governance network theory: towards a second generation

Authors

  • Jacob Torfing
    • Department of Social Sciences, Roskilde University
Research

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.eps.2210031

Cite this article as:
Torfing, J. Eur Polit Sci (2005) 4: 305. doi:10.1057/palgrave.eps.2210031

Abstract

Governance networks have gained increasing prominence in the wake of the many reports of government and market failure. Drawing on the burgeoning literature, we first define governance networks and then briefly assess their merits and problems. The key claim is that we are now seeing the development of a second generation of governance network research that focuses on new and yet unanswered questions about the prospects of network-based coordination across different levels of governance: the meta-governance of self-regulating networks; the role of discourse in relation to governance networks, and the democratic problems and potentials of network governance. In answering these important questions we can draw on different theoretical approaches to network governance, and these are briefly delineated.

Keywords

governancenetworksmeta-governancedemocracy

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