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Democratic Governance
Author: Mark Bevir

ISBN: 9780691145396
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 16 June 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.3
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"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 Policymakers cling to outdated concepts of representative government while at the same time placing ever more faith in expertise, markets, and networks.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 histor...

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