Governance in Perspective: The Issue of Normativity

Governance in Perspective: The Issue of Normativity

Laurence Masclet (University of Namur, Belgium) and Philippe Goujon (University of Namur, Belgium)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3670-5.ch001
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This paper describes the evolution of the discipline of governance study through a focus on the evolution of proceduralism. From a lecture and a critique of Maesschalck and Lenoble “contextual proceduralism” and their reconstruction of the evolution of the field, the authors aim at creating a more open theory (“comprehensive proceduralism”) that would avoid some of the reduction of previous school of procedural governance, notably the reduction to argumentation, by opening the scope of governance to the different register of discourse. This paper aims at introducing the EGAIS book, and thus will introduce the theoretical (and critical) emergence of comprehensive proceduralism, leaving some of the consequences and application area to further investigation in the book.
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The Louvain’S Theory

The theory of Maesschalck and Lenoble aims at tracing a dynamic of the governance thoughts, splitting it into four steps, and examining the limits of each step, and, moreover, how each evolution takes the limits of the precedent and tries to give solutions by deepening the same intuitions with new tools and new hypotheses. Each step does not contradict the achievements of the precedent(s) but, on the contrary, tend to complexify its mechanisms to better comprehend the complexity of the governance situations, and by that, increase the number of tools to act.

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