VOL. 3, NO. 6, PGS. 1–8


Governing Complex Societies: The Role of the State
A conversation with B. Guy Peters

This interview was conducted by Javier Toro.

B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of Government at the University of Pittsburgh and Founding President of the International Public Policy Association. He co-authored Comparative Governance: Rediscovering the Functional Dimension of Governing.

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What is governance? Why is it important?

Governance comes from a Greek word that means steering. The notion is that governing is essentially steering the economy and the society towards some supposed collective goals. The ideal would be that these goals were set democratically. However, whatever way those goals come about, the major question in governance is [...]

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