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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Governance, Theory of

Karl-Heinz Ladeur

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 November 2021

Subject(s):
Judicial assistance

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Social scientists have been elaborating on the concept of ‘governance’ for some time (see Schuppert (ed) [2006]; Mayntz [2009]). 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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