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dc.contributor.authorDavies, Jonathan S.en
dc.contributor.authorSpicer, Andreen
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-30T10:11:52Z
dc.date.available2014-09-30T10:11:52Z
dc.date.issued2015-01-01
dc.identifier.citationDavies, J. S. and Spicer, A. (2014) Interrogating Networks: Towards an Agnostic Perspective on Governance Research. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33 (2), pp. 223-238en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/10297
dc.description.abstractNetworks have rapidly become the dominant trope in governance theory and practice. While scholarship highlights important benefits, there has been insufficient systematic interrogation of the potential pathologies in network governance. This paper addresses the lacuna. We begin by discussing different kinds of network analysis and distinguishing the specific claims of network governance theory. We then pull together the scattered critically oriented literatures on the topic, identifying major problems with network modes of governance: hypocrisy, distrust, marketization, subjugation, antiproceduralism, fragmentation, and ‘netsploitation’. We finally argue for a more agnostic approach to governance research, capable of taking account of these pathologies and thereby putting networks in their place. This means avoiding the fetishisation of particular modes of governance and giving more careful attention to the settings in which they each can be useful.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPionen
dc.subjectnetworksen
dc.subjectgovernanceen
dc.subjectcritiqueen
dc.titleInterrogating Networks: Towards an Agnostic Perspective on Governance Researchen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1068/c11292
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.fundernoneen
dc.projectidnoneen
dc.researchinstituteLocal Governance Research Centre (LGRC)en
dc.researchinstituteCentre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)en


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