Governance Failure
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Governance Failure

A governance failure refers to any failures of governance or ineffectiveness of governance processes.[1]


Jessop argues for conceiving governance as a provider of flexibility for decision-making structures opposed to rigid state bureaucracy or market laws. From this approach failures would equate to failures of the governance structure.[1] According to him new constellations of governance may compensate for state failure.[2]

Peters and Pierre state that it is the continuous task of government to adapt to growing complexity.[2]

Dixon and Dogan write that constructive governance discourses are creative opportunities for people with disparate governance perspectives to find solutions to threatening governance failure.[3]

Policy failure

Governance failure may also refer to what can also be described as policy failures - the effectiveness, efficiency, and resilience of specific policies.[1] A frequently mentioned example of a policy failure is the War on Drugs.[4][5][6][7][8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Newman, Joshua (2017). Governing Public-Private Partnerships. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. ISBN 9780773550018. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b Peters, B. Guy; Pierre, Jon (2016). Comparative Governance: Rediscovering the Functional Dimension of Governing. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316738177. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Dixon, John; Dogan, Rhys (1 May 2002). "Hierarchies, Networks and Markets: Responses to Societal Governance Failure". Administrative Theory & Praxis. 24 (1): 175-196. doi:10.1080/10841806.2002.11029344. ISSN 1084-1806.
  4. ^ "End the Drug War". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Friesendorf, Cornelius (2007). US Foreign Policy and the War on Drugs: Displacing the Cocaine and Heroin Industry. Routledge. ISBN 9781134123940. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Peter, Andreas (22 June 2003). "A Tale of Two Borders: The U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada Lines After 9/11". Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Bagley, Bruce Michael (1988). "US Foreign Policy and the War on Drugs: Analysis of a Policy Failure". Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs. 30 (2/3): 189-212. doi:10.2307/165986. JSTOR 165986.

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