Mainstreaming Moments in Governance Theories: Some Observations

Theerapat Ungsuchaval


Governance’ is one of the most contested concepts and has extensively been used both in academic debate and in the political, social, and managerial rhetoric, positioned as a ‘buzzword’ but ‘rich and full of meaning’. Underlying governance practices and concepts, there are theories supporting the idea of versions of governance. This article seeks to elaborate three prime moments in mainstream governance theories. The first moment has brought about the primacy of network as governance. The second moment has brought interpretive ideas to the analysis of governance resulting in the typical decentred theory of governance and other alternative approaches. The third moment has called for bringing the hierarchy and the state back in to the analysis of governance. These moments are not mutually exclusive. However, they reflect different emphases of analytics which arguably can be mentioned as different schools of governance theories. And these three schools are dominant in the contemporary debate; they are well-cited in academic works and applied in various fields.

Keywords: Governance, Theory of governance, Network, The state, decentered governance.

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