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date: 30 March 2020

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This article addresses the non-finite substantial content and formal/institutional fluidity of the concept of governance through a series of investigations from the standpoint of different disciplinary frameworks. It considers the notion that governance depicts more an empty, still-to-be-defined space for conceptual clarification than a clearly identifiable political construct, institutional framework, or historical period. The article argues that there cannot be a meaningful use or critique of governance if it is confined to the analytical and theoretical framework of a single discipline. It also suggests that the meaning of governance must operate within a contestation of boundaries between disciplines.

Keywords: governance, institutional fluidity, political construct, institutional framework, conceptual clarification

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