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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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The governance of complexity and the complexity of governance

The governance of complexity and the complexity of governance

(p.35) 2 The governance of complexity and the complexity of governance
Putting Civil Society in Its Place

Bob Jessop

Policy Press

Civil society exists at the intersection of networks and solidarity as opposed to markets or command and its agents have the potential to guide markets and state action. It may serve as a means of self-responsibilization as well as self-emancipation. It comprises a heterogeneous set of institutional orders and pluralistic set of agents, many of which are operationally autonomous and resistant to control from outside – whether through market forces, top-down command by the state or horizontal networking. This chapter presents the theoretical background to interest in governance, shows the etymological roots of the concept, offers some reasons for the explosion of interest in governance in the 1960s and 1970s, and describes the main features of governance practices.

Keywords:   Governance, Market forces, Metagovernance, Networks, Self-emancipation, Self-responsibilization, Solidarity, State power

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