‘New Governance Spaces’: What generates a participatory disposition in different contexts?
Howard, J. print and Lever, J. print (2011) ‘New Governance Spaces’: What generates a participatory disposition in different contexts? Voluntary Sector Review, 2 (1). pp. 77-95. ISSN 2040-8056
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080511X560639
This paper examines developments in governance and non- governmental public action in three diverse contexts. It is based on comparative international research that examined the role of non-governmental actors involved in partnership working with state actors in the UK, Bulgaria and Nicaragua. The paper draws on Crossley’s (2003) development of Bourdieu’s (1977) ‘theory of practice’ to examine the contextual factors that influence the participation of non-governmental actors in ‘new governance spaces’. It highlights three very different responses to the ‘opportunities’ governance offers, which illustrate how historical processes mould civil society relation’s vis-à-vis the state in highly significant ways. Although governance presents many obstacles to change, the paper concludes that the new forms of participation that are appearing in these spaces may be the foundations from which more significant change emerges.
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