Introduction: Approaching European Governance

  • Knud Erik Jørgensen


The notion of ‘governance’ is by no means new or original. After all, the painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti, finished his frescoes Buon Governo and Cattivo Gouerno in Siena’s Palazzo Pubblico around 1338.1 The frescoes describe the consequences of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ governance, notions which also play a prominent role in current debates (Hyden, 1992; Williams/Young, 1994). Despite its long history, however, governance continues to be a vague, ambiguous concept, which in different scholarly disciplines connotes different things.


Foreign Policy World Politics International Governance Reflective Approach European Politics 
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