Network Governance Theory: A Gramscian Critique

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Show simple item record Davies, Jonathan S. en 2012-12-05T15:35:45Z 2012-12-05T15:35:45Z 2012
dc.identifier.citation Davies, J.S. (2012) Network Governance Theory: A Gramscian Critique. Environment and Planning A, 44 (11), pp. 2687-2704. en
dc.description.abstract Influential governance theories argue that we live increasingly in a world of networks, either relegating hierarchy to the shadows or dismissing it altogether. This paper develops a Gramscian critique of these currents, advancing two key arguments. First, drawing on Gramsci’s concepts of hegemony and passive revolution, it reinterprets the cultivation of networks as a prominent element in the hegemonic strategies of Western neoliberalism, exemplified by UK public policy. Second, however, governing networks struggle to cultivate trust, relying instead on hierarchy and closure. The paper argues that network governance can therefore be understood as a form of Gramsci’s integral state, a concept which highlights both the continuing centrality of coercion in the governance system and the limits of the networks project. It concludes that conceiving of urban governing networks as micro-configurations of the integral state offers a distinctive way of overcoming the ‘government to governance’ dualism. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Pion en
dc.subject network governance en
dc.subject hegemony en
dc.subject domination en
dc.subject neoliberalism en
dc.subject integral state en
dc.title Network Governance Theory: A Gramscian Critique en
dc.type Article en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.ref2014.selected 1364985681_9611640000146_19_1

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