Evolutionary Governance Theory

Theory and Applications

  • Raoul Beunen
  • Kristof Van Assche
  • Martijn Duineveld

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Raoul Beunen, Kristof Van Assche, Martijn Duineveld
      Pages 3-17
    3. Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen, Martijn Duineveld
      Pages 19-33
  3. Configuration of Actors and Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen, Anneke Smit, Gert Verschraegen
      Pages 37-55
    3. Gert Verschraegen
      Pages 57-71
    4. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Kristof van Assche, Anastasiya Shtaltovna
      Pages 87-105
  4. Configurations of Power/Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Raoul Beunen, Kristof Van Assche, Martijn Duineveld
      Pages 137-141
    3. Michael Gunder
      Pages 143-154
    4. Iulian Barba Lata
      Pages 155-165
  5. Case Studies

  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Raoul Beunen, Kristof Van Assche, Martijn Duineveld
      Pages 329-334
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-348

About this book


This volume presents empirical studies and theoretical reflections on Evolutionary Governance Theory (EGT), its most important concepts and their interrelations. As a novel theory of governance, EGT understands governance as radically evolutionary, which implies that all elements of governance are subject to evolution, that these elements co-evolve and that many of them are the product of governance itself. Through this book we learn how communities understand themselves and their environment and why they create the complex structures and processes we analyze as governance paths. Authors from different disciplines develop the EGT framework further and apply it to a wide range of governance issues that cover topics such as welfare state governance, networks of power, governance of agricultural resources etc. The contributors also reflect on the possibilities and limitations of steering, intervention, management and development in a world continuously in flux. It bridges the gap between more fundamental and philosophical accounts of the social sciences and applied studies, offering theoretical advancement as well as practical recommendations.


Development Evolutionary Approaches Governance Innovation Policy Management Public Policy Transition

Editors and affiliations

  • Raoul Beunen
    • 1
  • Kristof Van Assche
    • 2
  • Martijn Duineveld
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Management, Science and TechnologyOpen UniversityHeerlenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of ExtensionUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  3. 3.Cultural Geography GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-12273-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-12274-8
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