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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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(p.150) (p.151) Seven Conclusion
Challenging governance theory

Jonathan S. Davies

Policy Press

This concluding chapter revisits the main arguments for rejecting the transformation thesis and reconsidering governance from Marxist and Gramscian perspectives, and highlights the point that characterising institutions as ‘hierarchies’ or ‘networks’ is misleading. The Gramscian conception of ‘governance as hegemony’ is one response to the call for challenges to an orthodoxy now deservedly falling into disrepute. Its purpose is to encourage research and activism that contemplates governance from the standpoint of resistance and transformation. Beyond the celebration of networks and the denunciation of hierarchies, exploring how the dialectic plays out would be a worthwhile research challenge, and perhaps the basis for new and better classifications.

Keywords:   transformation thesis, transformation, governance, hegemony, networks, dialectics

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