Power/Knowledge as a Driver for Governance Evolution

R. Beunen, K. van Assche, M. Duineveld

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolutionary Governance Theory : Theory and Applications
EditorsR. Beunen, K. van Assche, M. Duineveld
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages348
ISBN (Print)9783319122731
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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