Practices of Freedom: Decentred Governance, Conflict and Democratic Participation

Practices of Freedom: Decentred Governance, Conflict and Democratic Participation

By: Hendrik Wagenaar (editor), Aletta J. Norval (editor), Steven Griggs (editor)Hardback

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The shift from government to governance has become a starting point for many studies of contemporary policy-making and democracy. Practices of Freedom takes a different approach, calling into question this dominant narrative and taking the variety, hybridity and dispersion of social and political practices as its focus of analysis. Bringing together leading scholars in democratic theory and critical policy studies, it draws upon new understandings of radical democracy, practice and interpretative analysis to emphasise the productive role of actors and political conflict in the formation and reproduction of contemporary forms of democratic governance. Integrating theoretical dialogues with detailed empirical studies, this book examines spaces for democratisation, institutional design, democratic criteria and learning, whilst mobilising the frameworks of agonistic and aversive democracy, informality and decentred legitimacy in cases from youth engagement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

About Author

Steven Griggs is a Reader in Local Governance in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University. His work draws on political discourse theory, examining environmental policy, community participation and local governance. His publications include The Politics of Airport Expansion (with David Howarth, 2013), as well as articles in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations and the Journal of Political Ideologies. He is co-editor of Critical Policy Studies. Aletta J. Norval is a Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. A leading democratic theorist, she draws inspiration from the agonistic tradition, as well as from a wider range of theorists, to understand and analyse processes of the articulation of democratic demands, the formation of democratic subjectivities and the institutionalization of a democratic ethos. Her publications include Aversive Democracy (Cambridge, 2007) as well as articles in the American Political Science Review and Ethics and Global Politics. She is Consulting Editor of Political Theory. Hendrik Wagenaar is a Professor of Town and Regional Planning in the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield. He publishes in the areas of urban governance, citizen participation, prostitution policy, administrative practice, complexity theory and interpretive policy analysis. His publications include Deliberative Policy Analysis (with Maarten A. Hajer, Cambridge, 2003) and Meaning in Action (2011).


1. Introduction: democracy, conflict and participation in decentred governance Steven Griggs, Aletta J. Norval and Hendrik Wagenaar; 2. Governance-driven democratisation Mark E. Warren; 3. Beyond deliberation: agonistic and aversive grammars of democracy: the question of criteria Aletta J. Norval; 4. Designing democratic institutions for decentred governance: the Council of Europe's acquis Vivien Lowndes and Lawrence Pratchett; 5. Assessing the democratic anchorage of governance networks Eva Sorenson and Jacob Torfing; 6. Learning through contested governance: the practice of agonistic intersubjectivity John Forester; 7. Decentred legitimacy in the new community governance Steven Connelly; 8. Designing 'the political' in (and out) of neighbourhood governance Helen Sullivan; 9. Participatory governance in practice Therese O'Toole and Richard Gale; 10. The agonistic experience: informality, hegemony, and the prospects for democratic governance Hendrik Wagenaar; 11. Insurgent citizenship: radicalism, co-optation, and neighbourhood geopolitics among the Palestinian citizens of Haifa, Israel Joseph Leibovitz.

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  • ISBN13: 9781107056107
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 329
  • ID: 9781107056107
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 1107056101

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