Universal Governance…continued: The Governance Analytical Framework (GAF)

In a follow up to this post here on governance, there’s a great piece from Mark Hufty that does a fine job of shaping a conceptual framework for “Governance”.

You can find the ~20 page paper here, and check out the abstract below to get a sense of relevancy to your universe before investing your time.  It’s a great read if you want to overcome the blurry lines of distinguishing between governance/government and political systems.  It also provides a practical process to create and  operationalise a governance framework for any entity.


Societies develop ways of making decisions regarding collective problems, thereby creating norms, rules, and institutions; this is what governance is about. In policy research, governance has become an important focus of attention; but debates show a lack of clarity at the conceptual level and a confusion between the use of the concept for prescriptive and analytical purposes. The present article is based on the hypothesis that using a clarified, non-normative governance perspective in policy research can contribute to an improved understanding of political processes, including formal and unrecognised ones, those embedded in larger and smaller social systems, as well as both vertical and horizontal political arrangements. The paper is the result of a collaborative engagement with the concept of governance within several networks, leading to the development of the Governance Analytical Framework (GAF). The GAF is a practical methodology for investigating governance processes, based on five analytical tools: problems, actors, social norms, processes, and nodal points. Besides describing the conceptual sources and analytical purpose of these five tools, the paper presents examples of how the GAF can be operationalised.

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