Liberal democracies are experiencing a major transformation of public governance by which self-regulation, co-operation and negotiation between public and private actors and across different political-administrative levels play an increasingly important role for policy-making and implementation. Using the term 'governance imagery', or what a given society envisions to be the proper way of governing public affairs, this volume examines the emergence, causes and consequences of the politics of self-governance both within relevant social science theorizing and in the everyday production of public governance in various policy areas. It questions how self-governance materialized in various areas of public governance in different liberal democracies, and the driving forces and political effects of attempts to enhance the role of self-governance. Challenging the theory and practice of public administration, The Politics of Self-Governance is an indispensable read for all those interested in new forms of public governance.

chapter Chapter 1|22 pages

The Politics of Self-Governance: An Introduction

ByEva Sørensen, Peter Triantafillou

part 1|52 pages

Scientific Reflections on Governance

chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

A Macro Level Perspective on Governance of the Self and Others

ByAnders Esmark, Peter Triantafillou

chapter Chapter 3|18 pages

The Politics of Self-Governance in Meso Level Theories

ByEva Sørensen, Jacob Torfing

chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

Self-Governance in Micro Level Theory

ByLina Eriksson

part 2|145 pages

Governance in Action

chapter Chapter 5|18 pages

The Institutional Design of Self-Governance: Insights from Public-Private Partnerships

ByKeith Baker, Jonathan B. Justice, Chris Skelcher

chapter Chapter 6|22 pages

Citizen and City: Institutional Reform and Self-Governance in Los Angeles

ByJuliet Musso, Christopher Weare

chapter Chapter 7|20 pages

Paradoxes of the Self: Self-Owning Universities in a Society of Control

ByJakob Williams Ørberg, Susan Wright

chapter Chapter 8|14 pages

Self-Governance and the Disappearance of the Human Body

ByHerbert Gottweis

chapter Chapter 9|18 pages

Public Administration in Teams: Self-Governing Civil Servants

ByBirgitte Poulsen

chapter Chapter 10|18 pages

Governing the Responsible Prisoner: A Comparative Analysis

ByMary Bosworth

chapter Chapter 11|24 pages

Self-Governance through the Committees in the Open Method of Co-ordination: The Cases of Employment and Social Inclusion 1

ByCaroline de la Porte, David Natali, Philippe Pochet

chapter Chapter 12|9 pages


ByEva Sørensen, Peter Triantafillou