This introductory chapter discusses the concept of networks and how it is being used in a vast range of social phenomena. It continues by describing how networking has been adopted at every point of the geopolitical scale as the way to conduct governance, intergovernmental relations, management, and relations between government and civil society. The chapter continues by providing discussions on the celebration of networking and how it is connected with theories of postmodernism and post-traditional views. It also presents the definition of ‘governance network’ and ‘network governance’. The bases of the arguments against network governance theory as the established orthodoxy, which are mainly from Marxist Gramscian tradition, are also presented in this chapter, including the main points of these arguments and the conclusions drawn as presented in the succeeding chapters.
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