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A Radically Democratic Response to Global Governance

Dystopian Utopias, 1st Edition

By Margaret Stout, Jeannine M. Love


242 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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This book presents a critique of dominant governance theories grounded in an understanding of existence as a static, discrete, mechanistic process, while also identifying the failures of theories that assume dynamic alternatives of either a radically collectivist or individualist nature. Relationships between ontology and governance practices are established, drawing upon a wide range of social, political, and administrative theory. Employing the ideal-type method and dialectical analysis to establish meanings, the authors develop a typology of four dominant approaches to governance.

The authors then provide a systematic analysis of each governance approach, thoroughly unpacking and critiquing each one and exploring the relationships and movements among them that engender reform and revolution as well as retrenchment and obfuscation of power dynamics. After demonstrating that each governance approach has fatal flaws within a diverse global context, the authors propose an alternative they call Integrative Governance. As a synthesis of the ideal-types, Integrative Governance is neither individualist nor collectivist, while still maintaining the dynamic character required to accommodate responsiveness to cultural contexts.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: Barriers to Global Governance 2. Why Now? 3. Grounding Governance in Ontology 4. Crafting a Governance Typology Part 2: Primary Governance Theories 5. Hierarchical Governance 6. Atomistic Governance 7. Holographic Governance 8. Fragmented Governance Part 3: Dystopic Utopias 9. Analysis of the Primary Governance Approaches 10. A Critique of Each Primary Governance Approach 11. Reform and Reification Movements Part 4: Affirmation of an Alternative Approach to Governance 12. Why This Alternative? 13. Integrative Governance 14. Epilogue. What’s Next?

About the Authors

Margaret Stout is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at West Virginia University in Morgantown, USA.

Jeannine M. Love is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at Roosevelt University in Chicago, USA.

About the Series

Transnational Law and Governance

In recent years the concepts of "transnational law" and "governance" have been explored by both scholars and practitioners with the terms taking on new meaning and significance, particularly in light of the ongoing economic crisis and a corresponding critical reappraisal of global institutional structures and governance.

Transnational law covers a broad theoretical definition which includes studies emerging from disciplines such as international law, comparative law, international economic law and administrative law undertaken by legal scholars but also features extensive research undertaken by scholars from other disciplines, including but not limited to, political sciences, international relations, public administration, sociology, history, philosophy and geography. Recent work has offered up critical evaluations of the current system of governance and transnational rules as being often implemented by Western countries through categories which no longer accurately represent Western economies and are even less relevant to non-Western systems which are becoming increasingly important in the global economy. Governance in particular is now seen as important when we refer to the general stability of the markets, to good faith and other key principles which are fundamental to the notion of a fair market which is responsive to the needs of governments and citizens as well as businesses.

This multidisciplinary series aims to provide a home for research exploring these issues. It features cutting-edge works which critically analyse the relationship between governance, institutions and law from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Please also consider visiting the page for Paolo Davide Farah's sub-series, Global Law and Sustainable Development:


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration