1 Social scientists have been elaborating on the concept of ‘governance’ for some time (see Schuppert (ed) ; Mayntz ). Its contours are far from being clear as yet, it remains fixated in an antithetical mode on the concept of ‘government’. ‘Government’—as opposed to ‘governance’—is characterized by well-defined formal institutions whereas reference to ‘governance’ conveys the impression of a clear-cut separation between formal institutions (government) and the informal underpinnings of political decision-making that have always supplemented formal...
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