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An Ontology of Good Governance.A Political Theory Approach


  • Catalin-Valentin RAIU

    () (postdoctoral fellow, Institutul de Economie Nationala, Academia Rombna)


In the public discourse of European and international institutions the word 'government' seems to be replaced by 'governance'. While there is a very traditional liberal approach in political theory claiming that to govern means to exercise political power, it is not clear what governance means. In public administration theories, governance is used to imply statecraft that is the exercise of governmental responsibilities. The connotation of governance was borrowed from management and implies, in politics, to scale down big governments. The entire governance process tends to be depoliticized as the debates over basic democratic values have been overshadowed in the European Union context. Starting with Plato's definition of good governance, which he describes as right order, this paper aims to explore the ontology of (good) governance from a political theory perspective.

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  • Catalin-Valentin RAIU, 2015. "An Ontology of Good Governance.A Political Theory Approach," Romanian Journal of Economics, Institute of National Economy, vol. 40(1(49)), pages 154-169, june.
  • Handle: RePEc:ine:journl:v:40:y:2015:i:49:p:154-169

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    political representation; governance; power; oikonomia; democracy;

    JEL classification:

    • F55 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Institutional Arrangements
    • F68 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Policy
    • N4 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation


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