The aims of authors in this book are to provide readers a set of lenses to take a broad view across the wide vista of governance practice today at all levels: from top to bottom and left to right. The canvas is large, so broad strokes are used but with significant outlines of concepts, theories, and models to enable readers to discern figures in the foreground and background. We recognize that amid the diversity of philosophies and of ideologies, there are both implicit and explicit hierarchies of power, influence, resources, and systems, which impact and interact differentially in or between each of the constituent actors on stage, be they principals or agents.

As a group, the authors also recognize the imperatives of preparing the ...

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