Smart Governance

Governing the Global Knowledge Society

Helmut Willke

Smart Governance
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Helmut Willke

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250 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-3/8
Paper $42.00 ISBN: 9783593382531 Published April 2007

In the wake of globalization, national governments are becoming increasingly interdependent, and knowledge is arguably becoming the most valuable form of capital. Helmut Willke’s Smart Governance offers a new perspective on global governance from the vantage point of a global knowledge society.


Employing a case study of the global financial system and an analysis of several governance regimes, Willke contends that markets, legal systems, and morality must evolve to cope with uncertainty, build capacities, and achieve resilience. Smart Governance will change the way economists, historians, and political scientists view international cooperation.



1. Introduction
2. A concept of governance
    2.1 Prerequisites for governance
    2.2 Communication and governance
    2.3 The emergence of governance
3. Governing the knowledge society
    3.1 Governing knowledge work
    3.2 Governing the intelligent organization
    3.3 A governance regime for the knowledge economy
4. A matrix of globality
    4.1 Nation states and sovereignty
    4.2 The self-governance of lateral world systems
    4.3 A global society?
5. Varieties of global governance regimes
    5.1 A global market regime
    5.2 A global normative regime
    5.3 A global moral regime
    5.4 A global knowledge regime
6. Case study: the governance of global finance
    6.1 Money as medium: language, communication, and symbols
    6.2 Capital as medium: the language of investments
    6.3 The temporal construction of capital: options and futures
    6.4 Autonomy and resilience
7. Elements of smart governance
    7.1 Governing complex systems
    7.2 Coping with uncertainty
    7.3 Building competencies
    7.4 Achieving resilience 
8. Consequences for global governance
    8.1 Convergence of knowledge society and world society
    8.2 Governing complex systems: a global perspective
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