From network governance to hegemony

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:
From network governance to hegemony

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This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the post-Marxist Gramscian tradition before exploring the orthodox Gramscian conception of hegemony, the integral state and passive revolution. In place of the transformation thesis, it proposes that the videology of networks can be understood as a central facet of the neoliberal hegemonic project. It attributes the rise of the connectionist project to the confluence of four factors: the social, economic, and political crises of the late 1960s, the defeat of the social movements of 1968, the recuperation of parts of the left critique of capitalism by avant garde entrepreneurs and managers, and the rise of informational capitalism. Network governance ideology is one manifestation of this agenda. The chapter suggests that the neoliberal project may have succeeded to the extent that it fosters de-politicised governance networks and enrols new layers of civil society activists. The final part of this chapter considers the importance of connectionist ideology in the context of other hegemonic technologies upon which its credibility depends.

Keywords: hegemony; neoliberalism; civil society; ideology; capitalism; network governance; governance

Chapter.  9252 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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