European Political Science

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 340–347

performing governance through networks


  • Maarten Hajer
    • University of Amsterdam
  • Wytske Versteeg
    • University of Amsterdam

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.eps.2210034

Cite this article as:
Hajer, M. & Versteeg, W. Eur Polit Sci (2005) 4: 340. doi:10.1057/palgrave.eps.2210034


Governance networks typically function in the absence of clearly defined constitutional rules. Network actors, therefore, have to develop a common understanding of the problem as well as build a basis for mutual trust. We suggest that discourse-analytical and dramaturgical concepts can be helpful instruments to analyse these dynamics of trust building in governance networks.


governance networksinstitutional ambiguitydiscourse analysisdramaturgical analysis

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