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Understanding Governance: Ten Years On


Rhodes, RAW, Understanding Governance: Ten Years On, Organization Studies, 28, (8) pp. 1243-1264. ISSN 0170-8406 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0170840607076586


The paper reassesses the argument in Understanding Governance (1997). The first section summarizes where we are now in the study of governance, reviewing briefly the key concepts of policy networks, governance, core executive, hollowing out the state and the differentiated polity. The second section engages with my critics with the aim of opening new directions of research. I concentrate on the key issues of: the context of policy networks, explaining change and the role of ideas, the decline of the state, rescuing the core executive, and steering networks. Under each heading, I sketch a decentred answer to the question of where we go from here. I argue the analysis of governance should focus on beliefs, practices, traditions and dilemmas.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:core executive, decentred theory, differentiated polity, governance, hollowing out, policy networks
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public administration
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rhodes, RAW (Professor Rod Rhodes)
ID Code:58333
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:670
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2009-09-29
Last Modified:2012-10-09
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