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The Disoriented State

Shifts In Governmentality, Territoriality and Governance

Series: Environment & Policy, Vol. 49

Arts, Bas, Lagendijk, Arnoud, van Houtum, Henk J. (Eds.)

2009, VIII, 256 p.

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  • Provides a new perspective on a very topical debate: the future of the nation state
  • Contributes to the broad literature on governance
  • Critically discusses and enriches the debate on territoriality and governmentality of the state
  • Combines and interweaves sophisticated, theoretical and detailed empirical accounts
  • Covers an interdisciplinary and interesting range of policy domains dealing with spatial and environmental issues

By providing a unique combination of theories on the state, on territoriality and on governance, The Disoriented State explores the relationship between state governmentality and specific forms of policy making.

The Disoriented State begins with a theorisation of these new modes of territoriality, governmentality and governance by three prominent scholars in the field: Neil Brenner, Phil Cerny and Bob Jessop. This is followed by a series of in-depth case studies which manifest the variety as well the various forms of co-constitution between state governmentality, new modes of governance and policy-making, focusing on migration, spatial economic policy, city-marketing, urban development, water management and environmental policy.

The concluding chapter discusses how various governance gaps and territorial traps have forced the state being 'disoriented' about its aims, role and perspectives, while desiring to remain a central orchestrator of governance processes at the same time.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Bob Jessop - European Union - Government - Marketing - development - governmentality - policy-making - state

Related subjects » Economic Policy - Economics - Environmental Management - Political Science - Population Studies - Social Policy / Labor / Population Economics

Table of contents 

Part I: Introduction.- Shifts in Governmentality, Territoriality and Governance: An Introduction.- Part II: States, Territories, Governance.- 2. Neoliberalization and Place: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Borders.- 3. Urban Governance and the Production of New State Spaces in Western Europe, 1960-2000.- 4. From Governance to Governance Failure and from Multi-Level Governance to Multi-Scalar Meta-Governance.- Part III: Policy Practices.- 5. Querying the queue: a review of the literature on the management of borders and migration in the European Union.- 6. The Territoriality of Spatial-economic Governance in Historical Perspective – The Case of The Netherlands.- 7. Producing Urban (Dis)similarity: Entrepreneurial Governance, Consumer Mobility and Competitive Consumption Spaces: The Case of the Enschede Region.- 8. A Narrative Understanding of an Entrepreneurial City: The Case of Tilburg.- 9. River Basin Management in Europe: The ‘Up- and Downloading’ of a New Policy Discourse.- 10. Environmental Governance Failure: The ‘Dark Side’ of an Essentially Optimistic Concept.- Part IV: Conclusions.- 11. The Disoriented State.- ndex.

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