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The network governance milieu

Jonathan S. Davies

in Challenging governance theory

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426154.003.0002
The network governance milieu

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This chapter begins by exploring the roots of orthodox network governance theory and the variety of approaches influenced by post-traditional ideas. It then discusses the roots of post-traditional thinking in social theory, notably the theory of reflexive modernization and post-traditional ideas about changing forms of governance. Reflexive modernisation is by no means a master-concept. However, it is a clear statement of the transformation thesis and has influenced both governance theories and policies, notably through ‘The Third Way’. The latter part of the chapter examines the influence of post-traditional thought on currents in contemporary Marxism and emancipatory theory. It illustrates that the network is at the heart of a cross-disciplinary, cross-theoretical orthodoxy influencing elites and subalterns alike: the move from command to cooperation, being to becoming and fixity to flow.

Keywords: network governance; governance; networking; social theory; sociology; Marxism

Chapter.  8464 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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