In this chapter we argue that the conceptualization of power in a theoretical framework that is based on the idea of contingency, can help to refine the analysis of power in governance. Power can be conceptualized as the potentiality emerging in relations between individuals and structure and it can be understood as a driver for social evolution. The elements and structures of governance are contingent and in constant transformation. This transformation is driven by the productive tensions between discourses, with the results of each operation serving as input for the next one.
|Title of host publication||Evolutionary Governance Theory : Theory and Applications|
|Editors||R. Beunen, K. van Assche, M. Duineveld|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||348|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|