The Janus Face of Governance Theory: Depoliticizing or Repoliticizing Public Governance?

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While the main current in the growing research on governance has praised its virtues, a critical undertow has insisted that governance carries the danger of depoliticization and democratic decline. Chapter 2 aims to complicate things by arguing that interactive forms of governance intending to involve a plethora of public and private actors in the governing of society and the economy are not in themselves depoliticizing or repoliticizing public governance. Much depends on how we talk about governance. Hence, while the public management perspective tends to depoliticize governance, the political science perspective has a sharper eye for the political choices, conflicts, and power struggles. If the political science perspective has a blind spot, it concerns the role of elected politicians in the exercise of political meta-governance. That role is further developed towards the end of the chapter, which also reflects on the limits of repoliticization.
TitelAnti-Politics, Depoliticization and Governance
RedaktørerPaul Fawcett, Matthew Flinders, Colin Hay, Matthew Wood
Antal sider21
ForlagOxford University Press
Publikationsdatoaug. 2017
ISBN (Trykt)9780198748977
ISBN (Elektronisk)9780191811616
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2017


  • Governance
  • Meta-governance
  • Depoliticization
  • Repoliticitazion
  • Democracy

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