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Interdisciplinarity in Governance Research

By Achim Brunnengraeber, Kristina Dietz, Bernd Hirschl, Heike Walk, Fu Berlin and Dr. Achim Brunnengräber


The term “Governance ” found its way to newspapers as well as to nearly all conferences, which focus on overcoming obsolete structures of states, economies, and corporations or deal with reforming world policy. Although the application of the term varies widely, two main disciplinary approaches can be identified: the political science approach and the economic science approach. Hence, interdisciplinary approaches become increasingly important, especially regarding the often cited, far reaching and complex societal, economic and political transformations, which can also be regarded as an initial point for the genesis of the term. In the following article we describe various different application areas, illustrating the origin of the term Governance, as well as disciplinary approaches from political and economic science with specific focus on possible integration. The objective is to highlight similarities and identify first interdisciplinary research approaches

Topics: Governance Concepts, Hierarchies and Neoliberalism Address for correspondence
Year: 2006
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