SASE's Newest Network Organizers
In addtition to its 17 exciting networks, we are delighted to announce the arrival of a new network on Regulation and Governance organized by John W. Cioffi (University of California, Riverside), David Levi-Faur (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), and Frans Van Waarden (Universiteit Utrecht).
This network will serve to promote the interdisciplinary study of the manifold forms, functions, and domains of regulation and governance at the national and global level at a time when these domains have never been more central or important. It has been formed to foster interaction among regulatory governance scholars and scholars of political economy, socio-economics, law, public policy, development, the welfare state, institutional analysis, risk management, and democracy. The substantive concerns of the network include the political, economic, social, and historical aspects of regulation and governance. Governance and regulation necessarily implicate politics and state power, but they also extend beyond the state to define and shape the authority and power relations that permeate modern societies. They intertwine in ways that can either allow or impede the development of complex, democratic, and efficiently functioning forms of social organization, including markets, firms, associations, political parties, public and private bureaucracies, and international organizations. By broadening our purview beyond the institutional confines of the state and legalistic policy mechanisms, this network seeks to expand our understanding of how regulation and governance impede or in processes of democratization, state building and institutionalization, liberalization/marketization, development, and legitimation of political economic orders.