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Gramscian governance research

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/9781847426154.003.0007
Gramscian governance research

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This chapter begins by linking the Gramscian approach with dialectical network analysis. It develops three heuristics to summarise the substantive theoretical and empirical claims discussed in preceding chapters and to inform future research. The first summarises the Gramscian perspective at the macro, meso, and micro levels of analysis. The second highlights the distinctions between the Marxist-Gramscian ‘strongly dialectical’ approach, the ‘weakly dialectical’ approach associated with neo-Gramscians, and the ‘post-dialectical’ account characteristic of approaches such as the Differentiated Polity Model. The third heuristic considers possible varieties of governance from the standpoint of hegemony, domination, and resistance. This chapter explores the dilemmas of researching network governance as hegemony, considering the role of critical researchers as would-be public intellectuals, and potentially fruitful research strategies for studying governance networks comparatively. The final part of this chapter considers the strengths and limitations of the network as a medium of counter-hegemonic power beyond the state-civil society interface.

Keywords: governance; hegemony; neo-Gramscians; Differentiated Polity Model; network governance; networks

Chapter.  8817 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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