Evolutionary Governance Theory: Theory and Applications pages:305-312
This chapter investigates processes of decentralization in Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Evolutionary governance should take account of the unique legacies of modernism and national, regional and transnationla governance, and go beyond the post-modern debunking of modernism and its myths of universality and rationality. For EGT analyses of the long term and large scale, the concept of trans-modernity, distinct from post-modernity, can structure the assessment of positive and negative legacies of modernisms and modernity. The chapter further argues for the inclusion of the concepts of borders and borderlands in EGT, as spatial concepts and spatial metaphors.