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The Mosaic of Governance: Creating a Picture with Definitions, Theories, and Debates


Robbie Waters Robichau is a fourth year doctoral student in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Her areas of research include governance, child welfare policy, organizational change, and nonprofit management. Her dissertation focuses on governance and managerial issues in the public and private provision of foster care services.


The popularity of governance can be seen across academic genres. In some ways, the tremendous amount of theorizing on the subject has created contentious areas of debate. However, the approach that I argue will move the discussion forward is a focus on areas of agreement, where studying governance as a form of statecraft is considered. In order to advance the governance conversation, this essay speculates on the intersections of future governance research areas and maintains that making governance studies meaningful involves more empirical testing and inductive explorations by scholars.