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Putting Civil Society in Its Place: Governance, Metagovernance and Subjectivity

Bob Jessop


This book interprets civil society both as a shifting horizon of action and as an ensemble of governance arrangements with diverse agents rather than as a fixed reality with a definite substance. Its focus is not so much on civil society as it is on governance, metagovernance, and their forms of failure. These phenomena are examined from a governance theoretical viewpoint concerned with the coordination through self-organizing networks, partnerships and other forms of reflexive collaboration and, relatedly, in terms of an alleged ‘shift from government to governance’ in the polity and similar ... More

Keywords: civil society, failure, governance, heterarchy, Karl Marx, metagovernance, social network, solidarity, state power, WISERD

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447354956
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447354956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bob Jessop, author
Lancaster University