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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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Gramscian governance research

Gramscian governance research

(p.125) Six Gramscian governance research
Challenging governance theory

Jonathan S. Davies

Policy Press

This chapter begins by linking the Gramscian approach with dialectical network analysis. It develops three heuristics to summarise the substantive theoretical and empirical claims discussed in preceding chapters and to inform future research. The first summarises the Gramscian perspective at the macro, meso, and micro levels of analysis. The second highlights the distinctions between the Marxist-Gramscian ‘strongly dialectical’ approach, the ‘weakly dialectical’ approach associated with neo-Gramscians, and the ‘post-dialectical’ account characteristic of approaches such as the Differentiated Polity Model. The third heuristic considers possible varieties of governance from the standpoint of hegemony, domination, and resistance. This chapter explores the dilemmas of researching network governance as hegemony, considering the role of critical researchers as would-be public intellectuals, and potentially fruitful research strategies for studying governance networks comparatively. The final part of this chapter considers the strengths and limitations of the network as a medium of counter-hegemonic power beyond the state-civil society interface.

Keywords:   governance, hegemony, neo-Gramscians, Differentiated Polity Model, network governance, networks

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