Governing Complex Societies

Trajectories and Scenarios

  • Jon Pierre
  • B. Guy Peters

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Jon Pierre, B. Guy Peters
    Pages 10-48
  3. Jon Pierre, B. Guy Peters
    Pages 49-63
  4. Jon Pierre, B. Guy Peters
    Pages 64-79
  5. Jon Pierre, B. Guy Peters
    Pages 80-100
  6. Jon Pierre, B. Guy Peters
    Pages 115-132
  7. Jon Pierre, B. Guy Peters
    Pages 133-140
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 141-158

About this book


Western societies are becoming increasingly complex and challenging to govern, yet the modern state continues to play a central role in governance. This book presents a detailed analysis of the challenges confronting the contemporary state and the processes through which the state addresses those challenges. The notion of 'governing without government' is critiqued; instead, Pierre and Peters argue that what is happening a more a matter of state transformation than state decline.


governance Government Institution transformation

Authors and affiliations

  • Jon Pierre
    • 1
  • B. Guy Peters
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GothenburgSweden
  2. 2.University of PittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Political & Intern. Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-52376-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-51264-1
  • About this book