By Maarten A. Hajer
The function of the media has turn into a valuable 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 fashion over content material. during this provocative ebook, Maarten Hajer takes factor with the 'dumbing down' thesis either on theoretical and empirical grounds. He goals to teach how authoritative governance is still attainable in trouble pushed conditions 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 by way of political and institutional fragmentation. Extending his discourse-analytical framework, Hajer makes use of either discursive and dramaturgical tips on how to research policymakers of their fight for authority. 3 exact case studies--the plans to rebuild floor 0, the aftermath of the assassination of Theo Van Gogh, and the new function of the British foodstuff criteria supplier --provide a wealth of aspect of the dynamics of authority in present day mediatized polity and produce out the atypical position that crises now play.
The argument of Authoritative Governance is that during the age of mediatization governance should be 'performed'. Hajer describes a really new authoritative governance that breaks with present interpretations. He demonstrates ways that the conventional govt of status associations and notions of community governance may be mixed in actively growing kinfolk with numerous publics.
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Extra info for Authoritative Governance: Policy Making in the Age of Mediatization
6 Today’s politics is, more often than not, a matter of negotiated governance: deliberations among a diverse group of people with distinct backgrounds and interests. Rod Rhodes describes politics in terms of ‘differentiated polities’ (Rhodes 1997), capturing the conditions in which ‘there is not one point of contact’ and fragmentation and specialization lead to a loss of central steering capacity and an increase in complexity, confusion, and uncertainty. As ‘networks are pervasive’, governments have to learn the skills of indirect management and ‘the challenge is diplomacy in governance’.
This knife cut two ways: economic growth allowed for the social peace and cultural adherence that enhanced political stability, and the political institutions of the nation-state allowed for the development of modern capitalist economies (Lane 1979). It was a relationship of mutual gain, as nation-states provided the much-needed protection and legal-administrative ‘level playing-ﬁeld’ upon which business could ﬂourish, while economic life provided the taxation base to pay for the growing demand for welfare-state arrangements.
Once this mechanism is recognized by policy-makers it starts to affect their behaviour. Now there is nothing wrong or threatening as such in appreciating the narrative character of understanding for policymaking (White 1999). But in a media landscape dominated by competition this easily leads to sensationalism. Graber notes that: To get and retain coverage, agencies have to adapt their information strategies to satisfy the media’s need for exciting stories. The consequences can be unfortunate. If important stories that the agencies wish to publicize lack drama, agency personnel may withhold them, depriving the public of essential knowledge.
Authoritative Governance: Policy Making in the Age of Mediatization by Maarten A. Hajer