Democratic Governance

Democratic Governance

by Mark Bevir
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691145393

ISBN-13: 9780691145396

Pub. Date: 04/26/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Democratic Governance examines the changing nature of the modern state and reveals the dangers these changes pose to democracy. Mark Bevir shows how new ideas about governance have gradually displaced old-style notions of government in Britain and around the world. Policymakers cling to outdated concepts of representative government while at the same time

Overview

Democratic Governance examines the changing nature of the modern state and reveals the dangers these changes pose to democracy. Mark Bevir shows how new ideas about governance have gradually displaced old-style notions of government in Britain and around the world. Policymakers cling to outdated concepts of representative government while at the same time placing ever more faith in expertise, markets, and networks. Democracy exhibits blurred lines of accountability and declining legitimacy.

Bevir explores how new theories of governance undermined traditional government in the twentieth century. Politicians responded by erecting great bureaucracies, increasingly relying on policy expertise and abstract notions of citizenship and, more recently, on networks of quasi-governmental and private organizations to deliver services using market-oriented techniques. Today, the state is an unwieldy edifice of nineteenth-century government buttressed by a sprawling substructure devoted to the very different idea of governance—and democracy has suffered.

In Democratic Governance, Bevir takes a comprehensive look at governance and the history and thinking behind it. He provides in-depth case studies of constitutional reform, judicial reform, joined-up government, and police reform. He argues that the best hope for democratic renewal lies in more interpretive styles of expertise, dialogic forms of policymaking, and more diverse avenues for public participation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691145396
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/26/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,192,295
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Abbreviations xv

Chapter 1 Interpreting Governance 1

Part I The New Governance 15

Chapter 2 The Modern State 17

Chapter 3 New Theories 39

Chapter 4 New Worlds 65

Part II Constitutionalism 93

Chapter 5 Democratic Governance 95

Chapter 6 Constitutional Reform 122

Chapter 7 Judicial Reform 147

Part III Public Administration 175

Chapter 8 Public Policy 177

Chapter 9 Joined-up Governance 199

Chapter 10 Police Reform 227

Conclusion: After Modernism 251

Bibliography 275

Index 293

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