Governance is a negotiation mechanism for formulating and implementing policy that actively seeks the involvement of stakeholders and civil society organisations besides government bodies and experts. In the post-fordist context, civil society has been recaptured as a key actor in the emerging models of regulation and policy implementation. The shift in focus from government to governance is relatively artificial as government structures remain solidly established. Thus, there is seldom governance without governing. However, discourses and practices have focused more and more on the emerging forms of coordination as well as on the new opportunity structures for citizens’ participation in policy design. This existential field especially focuses on how these new forms have affected the quality of democracy and participation in urban society and polity.

Marisol Garcia, Universitat Barcelona, marisolgarcia[a]
Santiago Eizaguirre Anglada, Universitat Barcelona, santieizaguirre[a]
Marc Pradel, Universitat Barcelona, marcpradel[a]
Xavier MartĂ­nez, Universitat Barcelona, xmcmartinez[a]
Albert Terrones, Universitat Barcelona, albert.terrones[a]

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