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Jonathan S. Davies
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28 Sep 2011
This book develops a Gramscian account of contemporary governance. It critiques the fashionable view that there has been a shift from hierarchy to networks, arguing instead that the ideology of network governance is part of the neoliberal hegemonic project. However, there are major barriers to accomplishing this project. This book will be essential reading for academics and students, particularly in policy studies, political science, management, social policy and governance studies'.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Policy Press (28 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184742614X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847426147
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A robust challenge to the casual acceptance of network governance as the 'way we live now', this book offers a stimulating and provocative critique of governance that is theoretically rich and analytically satisfying. Essential. " --Helen Sullivan, University of Birmingham

"Jonathan Davies adds a novel critical voice to debates about governance. Drawing on Gramsci, he argues that network governance is less a panacea than a perpetuation of modernism. Dreams of spreading connections, reflexivity, and communication constantly get transformed into a reality of hierarchy, hegemony, and domination." --Mark Bevir, University of California, Berkeley

"The conventional wisdom about 'governance' is subject to an incisive critique, reinforcing Davies reputation for pushing forward new thinking about the relationship between state and civil society." --Chris Skelcher, University of Birmingham

About the Author

Jonathan S. Davies is Reader in Public Policy at the University of Warwick. He previously studied for his DPhil at the University of York and has since published widely in urban politics, governance and public policy.

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At last academics are starting to seriously challenge the always flaky notion that 'government' had been superseded by 'governance' - networked, decentered, multi-layered, etc. this is a good contribution to this emerging literature.

Prof. Colin Talbot
Professor of Government, University if Manchester.
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