How can collective actors govern to achieve important goals and transition to better states, from the individual scale to the societal? Michael Cox answers this question by exploring a set of interconnected dimensions that address issues at the heart of governance.
These dimensions and their associated propositions span across a wide range of debates in governance and policy analysis, including notions of universality (governance is for everyone), visibility, the distinction between the "natural" and "synthetic", top-down versus bottom-up governance, formal rules and informal norms, cooperation and competition, and boundaries and commons. The book highlights the multilateral connections among them and challenges the reader to think through how we can meet the challenges of self-governance. In so doing the book engages strongly with the discourses of public choice, community self-governance and the institutional approach to governance studies and will be particularly valuable to students and researchers in policy-oriented programs.
Michael Cox is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. He has a PhD in Public Affairs from Indiana University, where he studied under Elinor Ostrom.