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Searching for civil society: changing patterns of governance in Britain

Bevir, Mark; Rhodes, Roderick

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To understand governance, we ask who is telling the story from within which tradition. We argue there is no essentialist notion of governance but at least four conceptions each rooted in a distinctive tradition. The first section of the paper describes the relevant traditions: Tory, Liberal, Whig and Socialist. The second section describes the different notions of governance associated with each tradition; intermediate institutions, marketizing public services, reinventing the constitution and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBevir, Mark
dc.contributor.authorRhodes, Roderick
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:36:36Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T22:36:36Z
dc.identifier.issn0033-3298
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/76840
dc.description.abstractTo understand governance, we ask who is telling the story from within which tradition. We argue there is no essentialist notion of governance but at least four conceptions each rooted in a distinctive tradition. The first section of the paper describes the relevant traditions: Tory, Liberal, Whig and Socialist. The second section describes the different notions of governance associated with each tradition; intermediate institutions, marketizing public services, reinventing the constitution and trust and negotiation. We explain these distinct conceptions of governance as responses to the dilemmas of inflation and state overload. In the conclusion, we summarize how and why traditions change, concluding, there is no such thing as governance, but only the differing constructions of the several traditions.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourcePublic Administration
dc.subjectKeywords: civil society; governance approach; public sector; state role; United Kingdom
dc.titleSearching for civil society: changing patterns of governance in Britain
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume81
dc.date.issued2003
local.identifier.absfor160603 - Comparative Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub5638
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBevir, Mark, University of California
local.contributor.affiliationRhodes, Roderick, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage41
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage62
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T09:32:32Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0037248806
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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