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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Story of Governance, 28. August 2013
Dr. Bojan Tunguz (Indiana, USA) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
“Governance” is one of those phrases that have been featured in the news a lot lately. I most frequently come across it in the context of “corporate governance,” but other usages (public governance, global governance, etc.) have also crept up into my peripheral vision. This word is for the most part pretty self-explanatory, but I wanted to get a bit more of the sense of its overall meaning. So this is one of the main motives behind my decision to read “Governance: A Very Short Introduction.” The book indeed covers this subject relatively thoroughly, but it also leaves something to be desired.

One of this short book’s main theses is that the reason we hear more about governance these days is that the word “government,” with all its implications, has become decidedly less popular. As the popularity of big centralized governing and planning institutions wanes, the process of governing is becoming more and more diffused. Even within any single institution, the decision-making has become more devolved and collegial, as opposed to centralized and hierarchical. This book gives some really interesting examples from the real world and from the recent developments that illustrate various points that the author is trying to make.

Unfortunately, after reading this book I am nowhere closer to understanding what governance really is, how can it be measured, and particularly how can we determine if any given institution is engaging in “good governance” practices. The book is much more discursive and descriptive, and in many ways it reads like a contemporary history book. Furthermore, I also think that many of its points could have been stated much more succinctly.

This is a decent enough book on its subject matter, but I would not recommend it to anyone who is interested in getting a very concrete and practical understanding of governance. I am not sure if such a book exists, but if does I would certainly like to take a look at it.
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