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Network governance policy

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/9781847426154.003.0003
Network governance policy

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This chapter charts the rise of the governing network in international public policy, particularly in the UK, and explores the diffusion of network governance ideologies and the cultivation of governance networks globally. Using the evolution of New Labour as its paradigm case, it shows how ideas like reflexive modernisation influenced political thinking through network governance policies. This chapter also discusses the issue of the extent to which, in internalising and advocating influential academic ideas, governments are able to perform the ‘theory effect’, cultivating institutions and practices faithful to the concepts that inspire them. This chapter concludes that in contrast with ideologues in the theoretical and political domains, even sympathetic empirical researchers rarely offer unqualified support to the network governance project.

Keywords: UK; governance; networking; ideology; politics; network governance

Chapter.  8334 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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