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Challenging governance theoryFrom networks to hegemony$
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Jonathan S. Davies

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426154

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426154.001.0001

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The network governance milieu

The network governance milieu

(p.9) One The network governance milieu
Challenging governance theory

Jonathan S. Davies

Policy Press

This chapter begins by exploring the roots of orthodox network governance theory and the variety of approaches influenced by post-traditional ideas. It then discusses the roots of post-traditional thinking in social theory, notably the theory of reflexive modernization and post-traditional ideas about changing forms of governance. Reflexive modernisation is by no means a master-concept. However, it is a clear statement of the transformation thesis and has influenced both governance theories and policies, notably through ‘The Third Way’. The latter part of the chapter examines the influence of post-traditional thought on currents in contemporary Marxism and emancipatory theory. It illustrates that the network is at the heart of a cross-disciplinary, cross-theoretical orthodoxy influencing elites and subalterns alike: the move from command to cooperation, being to becoming and fixity to flow.

Keywords:   network governance, governance, networking, social theory, sociology, Marxism

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