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.
'The Politics of Self-Governance represents a significant advance in our understanding current patterns of governing. The authors in this book address all those questions both theoretically and empirically, and present numerous challenges to the conventional wisdom on the public sector and its relationships with civil society.' B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, USA and Zeppelin University, Germany