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Comparative governance welcomes submissions that identify and critically assess modes of governance across national borders. Contributions that critically examine actor constellations and processes of governance as potentially expressing and codifying power asymmetries, as well as problem-solving approaches, are particularly welcome.Read More
Comparative Governance publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research in governance. Research in this area has held a prominent place in the social sciences since the early 2000s. In recent decades, new modes of governance have been investigated in numerous major research projects and innovative research programmes, upon which this section focuses.
The term governance has aimed to capture aspects of governing that are non-hierarchical, not (only) state based, involving multiple arenas, and diverse actors. Governance can be defined differently by different disciplines thereby serving as a bridge between political science, law, public administration, economics, sociology and history. Thus, we can say governance is itself a frontier concept, resonating with the title of this journal.
The breadth of the concept of governance is also its weakness. It has been criticized for the lack of clear definitional boundaries and for concept stretching. Sometimes governance is presented as a panacea to practitioners and scholars, preventing critical examination of interests and tensions behind interactions between actors. When governance is viewed as a depoliticized process it can serve to obscure the asymmetries of power and values behind public policy.
Recent governance literature is eliminating some of these shortcomings and developing the topic further by focusing on governance across state borders. For example, sub-fields have emerged, conceptualizing specific ‘governance with adjectives’: external governance, enlargement governance, experimentalist governance. Another promising and rising sub-field of research is on participatory and collaborative governance.
Comparative governance, the broad theme of this section, welcomes submissions on these exciting contributions and works to identify and critically assess modes of governance across national borders. Contributions that critically examine actor constellations and processes of governance as potentially expressing and codifying power asymmetries as well as problem solving approaches would be particularly welcome.
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Comparative Governance welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Study Protocol, Systematic Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Comparative Governance, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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