Authoritative Governance: Policy Making in the Age of by Maarten A. Hajer

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By Maarten A. Hajer

The function of the media has turn into a primary a part of politics and coverage within the twenty-first century. That dominance has led many to signify a pattern of 'dumbing down': the privileging of favor over content material. during this provocative e-book, Maarten Hajer takes factor with the 'dumbing down' thesis either on theoretical and empirical grounds. He goals to teach how authoritative governance continues to be attainable in challenge pushed situations and a hugely 'mediatized' world.

Authoritative Governance elaborates a communicative figuring out of authority, which, the writer argues, can create a brand new foundation for authoritative governance in an international marked via political and institutional fragmentation. Extending his discourse-analytical framework, Hajer makes use of either discursive and dramaturgical the way to examine policymakers of their fight for authority. 3 designated case studies--the plans to rebuild flooring 0, the aftermath of the assassination of Theo Van Gogh, and the hot function of the British nutrition criteria enterprise --provide a wealth of element of the dynamics of authority in modern-day mediatized polity and convey out the atypical function that crises now play.

The argument of Authoritative Governance is that during the age of mediatization governance has to be 'performed'. Hajer describes a certainly new authoritative governance that breaks with current interpretations. He demonstrates ways that the conventional executive of status associations and notions of community governance could be mixed in actively developing kin with various publics.

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It is something that can be won and lost. If we examine 22 The Authority Problem of Governance governance in these terms we may, first of all, distinguish certain ‘repertoires’ of governing that might differ in terms of their capacity to generate authority. My claim here is that, in contemporary policy-making, we experience how even familiar and strongly ritualized forms of governance can lose their communicative capacity to generate authority. On the other hand, new ways of making authoritative claims have also emerged.

A second principle derives directly from the principle of territoriality: democratic institutions are nested: they are conceived of as a series of matrouchkas. e. local parliament fits into regional, which fits into national, which fits into the supranational). This also gave each a sphere of authority and defined the relations among these spheres. Of these, the nation-state was the crucial level for politics. The Westphalian order of nation-states defined the principle of national sovereignty and the right to self-determination together, creating an effective sphere of domestic political authority.

Media practices undoubtedly come with a strong bias, yet it does not automatically follow that the mediatization of politics leads to a disempowerment of politics. Mechanisms such as the ones mentioned above are both constraining and enabling for governance. What is clear, however, is that the intensified interaction between politics and media implies a new ordering, with new modes of preferred behaviour, new power relations. It is not immediately clear if this will always work to the detriment of an authoritative governance.

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