Challenging Governance Theory: From Networks to Hegemony

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dc.contributor.author Davies, Jonathan S. en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-14T16:36:00Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-14T16:36:00Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-28
dc.identifier.citation Davies J S. (2011) Challenging Governance Theory: From Networks to Hegemony. Bristol: The Policy Press. en
dc.identifier.isbn 9781847426147
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/5619
dc.description.abstract This entry comprises the preliminaries and introduction to my book, to be published by Policy Press in September 2011, titled Challenging Governance Theory: From Networks to Hegemony. The following text appears on the back cover. Theories heralding the rise of network governance have dominated for a generation. Yet, empirical research suggests that claims for the transformative potential of networks are exaggerated. This topical and timely book takes a critical look at contemporary governance theory, elaborating a Gramscian alternative. It argues that although the ideology of networks has been a vital element in the neoliberal hegemonic project, there are major structural impediments to accomplishing it. While networking remains important, the hierarchical and coercive state is vital for the maintenance of social order and integral to the institutions of contemporary governance. Reconsidering it from Marxist and Gramscian perspectives, the book argues that the hegemonic ideology of networks is utopian and rejects the claim that there has been a transformation from ‘government’ to ‘governance’. This important book has international appeal and will be essential reading for scholars and students of governance, public policy, human geography, public management, social policy and sociology. The three cover endsorsements for the book read as follows: “A robust challenge to the casual acceptance of network governance as the ‘way we live now’, this book offers a stimulating and provocative critique of governance that is theoretically rich and analytically satisfying. Essential.” Helen Sullivan, University of Birmingham “Jonathan Davies adds a novel critical voice to debates about governance. Drawing on Gramsci, he argues that network governance is less a panacea than a perpetuation of modernism. Dreams of spreading connections, reflexivity, and communication constantly get transformed into a reality of hierarchy, hegemony, and domination.” Mark Bevir, University of California, Berkeley "Jonathan Davies has written a robust critique of network governance theory, its circulation and the way it influences practice. Developing an incisive Gramscian governance agenda, he contests the scope of the transformation associated with government networks. Most importantly, he underlines their instrumentalisation by political elites. An essential book for the governance debate, an antidote to the enchanted view of depoliticised networks". Patrick LeGales, Sciences Po, Paris. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Policy Press en
dc.subject governance en
dc.subject critical en
dc.subject Gramsci en
dc.subject hegemony en
dc.subject networks en
dc.title Challenging Governance Theory: From Networks to Hegemony en
dc.type Book en
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