Network governance

Document Type

Book chapter

Publication details

Keast, R 2016, 'Network governance' in C Ansell & J Torfing (eds), Handbook on theories of governance, Edward Elgar Publishing, Massachusetts, USA. ISBN: 9781782548492


Networked governance has a long history. This chapter distills its defining characteristics and discusses theoretical concepts and related theories. It also identifies and describes some of the types, functions and forms these entities can assume. Finally the chapter highlights ongoing and emergent challenges and their implications. It forecasts an increasingly hybrid future in which network governance and theorizing will occupy a central position.