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Knowledge for Governance

  • This open access book deals with the conceptual intersection of governance, knowledge, and space

  • Presents theoretical and empirical insights into the reflexive relation between governance and knowledge from a spatial perspective

  • Demonstrates how knowledge enables governance and how governance affects the creation and use of knowledge

Part of the book series: Knowledge and Space (KNAS, volume 15)

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. On the Reflexive Relations Between Knowledge, Governance, and Space

    • Johannes Glückler, Gary Herrigel, Michael Handke
    Pages 1-21
  3. How Knowledge Drives the Effectiveness of Governance

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 129-129
    2. Explaining Subnational Governance: The Role of Governors’ Codified and Uncodified Knowledge

      • Claudia N. Avellaneda, Ricardo Andrés Bello-Gómez, Johabed G. Olvera
      Pages 131-159
    3. Carbon Markets, Values, and Modes of Governance

      • Janelle Knox-Hayes, Jarrod Hayes, Erik-Logan Hughes
      Pages 193-224
    4. The Fight Against Corruption in Brazil: A Case of Good Governance?

      • Markus Pohlmann, Elizangela Valarini
      Pages 225-241
    5. Lateral Network Governance

      • Johannes Glückler
      Pages 243-265

About this book

This open access book focuses on theoretical and empirical intersections between governance, knowledge and space from an interdisciplinary perspective. The contributions elucidate how knowledge is a prerequisite as well as a driver of governance efficacy, and conversely, how governance affects the creation and use of knowledge and innovation in geographical context. Scholars from the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, public administration, political science, sociology, and organization studies provide original theoretical discussions along these interdependencies. Moreover, a variety of empirical chapters on governance issues, ranging from regional and national to global scales and covering case studies in Australia, Europe, Latina America, North America and South Africa demonstrate that geography and space are not only important contexts for governance that affect the contingent outcomes of governance blueprints. Governance also creates spaces. It affects the geographical confines as well as the quality of opportunities and constraints that actors enjoy to establish legitimate and sustainable ways of social and environmental co-existence.


  • Open access
  • Governance
  • Knowledge and innovation
  • Social networks
  • Natural resources
  • Knowledge and political action
  • Eurocrisis
  • Codified and uncodified knowledge
  • Forest fire risk management
  • Fight against corruption
  • Adaptive governance
  • Infectious disease outbreaks
  • Collective learning
  • Fragmented governance
  • Forest governance
  • Global innovation systems
  • Technology-based industries

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

    Johannes Glückler, Michael Handke

  • Department of Political Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

    Gary Herrigel

About the editors

Johannes Glückler is Professor of Economic and Social Geography and Fellow of the Marsilius Center for Advanced Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany. His research follows a relational perspective and builds on theories of organization, networks, and institutions in the study of the geography of knowledge and regional development. He is founding board member of the German Society for Social Network Research DGNet and co-founder of the M.Sc. Governance of Risks and Resources at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago de Chile.

Gary Herrigel is the Paul Klapper Professor in the College and the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, USA. He is the author of three books, many articles and a number of edited collections and journal special issues on corporate governance, manufacturing competitiveness, industrial relations, business history, economic geography and comparative political economy.

Michael Handke is a research fellow at Heidelberg University, Germany and head of the M.Sc. Governance of Risk and Resources at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago de Chile. His research interests include economic geography, risk research, financial geography, and development research. His empirical work focuses on the management of risks in economic relationships, with a particular interest in the dealing with risks under conditions of limited risk knowledge from a spatial perspective.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Knowledge for Governance

  • Editors: Johannes Glückler, Gary Herrigel, Michael Handke

  • Series Title: Knowledge and Space

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-47149-1Published: 15 January 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-47152-1Published: 22 December 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-47150-7Published: 14 January 2021

  • Series ISSN: 1877-9220

  • Series E-ISSN: 2543-0580

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 469

  • Number of Illustrations: 15 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, Political Science, Geography

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)