Mark Bevir and R. A. W. Rhodes

in The State as Cultural Practice

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580750
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723179 | DOI:

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Chapter 10 summarizes the core argument on the stateless state. It highlights the key findings. It reflects on what we have learnt from observation compared with more conventional methods. It discusses the strengths and the weaknesses of observational methods. It answers the ‘so what’ question by enumerating the benefits of an interpretive theory and observational methods. Finally, it reflects on the normative implications of our analysis for the Westminster state and its tradition of representative democracy, examining briefly the case for supplementing representative institutions with participatory democracy, collaborative forms of governance, and dialogic policy-making.

Keywords: the stateless state; observation; interpretive theory; Westminster; representative democracy; participation; collaboration; dialogical policy making

Chapter.  6886 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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