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Putting Civil Society in Its PlaceGovernance, Metagovernance and Subjectivity$
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Bob Jessop

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447354956

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447354956.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Putting Civil Society in Its Place

Bob Jessop

Policy Press

This book locates how civil society organizations, partnerships, and associations are being mobilized in response to market failure and state failure. This is related to critical governance studies and explores two political strategies that seek to recontextualize the significance of civil society. One strategy is individual and collective self-responsibilization to lighten the governance burdens of local and central states. The other is collective self-emancipation through social innovation, community mobilization, and creating the commons to limit or escape the constraints of market and state. Thus, governance can be located at the intersection of networks and solidarity as alternatives to market exchange and hierarchical command. The book will juxtapose 'romantic public irony' to fatalism, stoicism, cynicism, or opportunism.

Keywords:   Critical governance studies, Governance, Market failure, Romantic public irony, Self-emancipation, Self-responsibilization, State failure

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