Area for reflection, research and dissemination
AREA FOR REFLECTION, RESEARCH AND DISSEMINATION
The Institute for Democratic Governance, Globernance, is a centre for reﬂ ection, research and dissemination of knowledge.
Its objective is to research and educate in the ﬁeld ofdemocratic governance in order to renew the political
thought of our day. It perform a range of research activities, such as congresses, courses and conferences on the idea of governance in its multiple dimensions.
The Institute’s vocation is to become an area for encounter, dialogue and exchange of knowledge. To this end, it works as part of a network
involving some of the world’s leading centres in the ﬁ eld of social and political research. It collaborates with institutions and companies to
promote social innovation and democratic governance.
TOWARDS A NEW
FORM OF SOCIAL ORGANISATION
The concept of governance, understood in a broad sense, refers to a profound change in the social action and forms
of government of contemporary societies. These must relocate themselves in an environment shaped by the state, the
market and society, and within a context marked byglobalisation, Europeanisation and interdependence.
In political science, governance expresses a transformation of statehood in democracies,
forced to shift from hierarchical, sovereign forms towards more cooperative approaches.
TRANSFORMING POLITICS, A CHALLENGE
How to accommodate the different agents and to what extent? How to coordinate different social spheres (economy, culture, politics,
the media) and the different institutional levels? This involves understanding and managing processes of communication
and cooperation between agents whose actions are interdependent.
The concept of governance currently represents the chance to save political power from its ineffectiveness and insigniﬁcance, recuperate
politics and, at the same time, deeply transform it.