Document Type : Original Article


1 Professor of Public Administration Department of Allameh Tabataba'i University

2 Ph.D. Student in Public Administration, Allameh Tabataba'i University



Governance emphasizes the networking of multiple stakeholders who come together from different levels and with different goals. This combination of multiple stakeholders with different or sometimes conflicting goals and interests has become an important challenge in the governance network and has led to the emergence of the "meta-governance" theory. Meta-governance is the management of the balance of power by the government in the governance system to realize public value and service. Based on this theory, governments with a higher degree of citizen representation than other stakeholders involved in the negotiations and the exercise of will in the course of management of society, and as a representative of citizens, they protect the public value and service. In this study, using the meta-synthesis method, 19 scientific articles on meta-governance research from different specialized journals were reviewed in detail, and a total of 20 codes in the form of three categories of "the why, what, and how of meta-governance" were identified toward preserving and promoting public value and service.


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