Decentering Governance: A Democratic Turn?

  • Mark Bevir


Two narratives arguably dominate current accounts of the changing nature of state authority: those emphasising network governance and metagovernance. After examining these narratives, this chapter defends decentred theory, a narrative of the stateless state (Bevir and Rhodes, 2010) and the related possibility of a democratic turn in the governance literature.1 The general aim is to promote democratic innovations by challenging implicit reifications of the state and consequently the technocratic expertise that these reifications legitimate.


Civil Society Rational Choice Theory Family Resemblance Voluntary Sector Policy Network 
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