Toward a Theory of Governance

  • Jon Pierre
  • B. Guy Peters


In Chapter 1, we defined the key dimensions of governance; articulating collective goals and priorities, ensuring coherence, steering, and accountability. It almost goes without saying that the precise nature of the process through which these governance roles of the state evolve cannot be postulated in very much detail. In order to be able to say something about the process, we need to consider different analytical models of exchange between state and society. We argue that there are five fundamental models of state and society interactions in governance that are now operating among contemporary democratic systems. These models all require both social and public sector actors in order to perform their tasks, but see those actors employed in different ways and with varying strength.


Policy Process Policy Sector Governance Process Governance Model Resource Mobilization 
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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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