Understanding Governance: Institutional Capacity, Information, and Steering

  • Jon Pierre
  • B. Guy Peters


Some time ago now, one of the present authors noted that “governance is a scarce commodity” (Peters, 2001:1). While that remains the case, the literature on governance certainly can no longer be described as scarce. During the past several years, issues related to governance have been rapidly gaining attention among academics as well as practitioners. It is not unfair to say that the debate on governance has, in an amazingly short period of time, developed into a large subfield of political science on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in many other parts of the world (Kjaer, 2004). At the same time many international organizations have been investing their time and money in attempts to create “good governance” in less well-governed societies (Kaufman, 2004).


European Union Public Sector Political Science Institutional Capacity Bounded Rationality 
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© Jon Pierre and B. Guy Peters 2005

Authors and Affiliations

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

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