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What governs governance, and how does it evolve? The sociology of governance-in-action

Fox, N.J. and Ward, K.J. (2008) What governs governance, and how does it evolve? The sociology of governance-in-action. British Journal of Sociology, 59 (3). pp. 519-538. ISSN 0007-1315

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Abstract

Governance addresses a wide range of issues including social, economic and political continuity, security and integrity, individual and collective safety and the liberty and rights to self-actualization of citizens. Questions to be answered include how governance can be achieved and sustained within a social context imbued with cultural values and in which power is distributed unevenly and dynamically, and how governance impacts on individuals and institutions. Drawing on Gramscian notions of hegemony and consent, and recent political science literatures on regulation and meta-regulation, this paper develops a sociological model of governance that emphasizes a dynamic and responsive governance in action. Empirical data from a study of pharmaceutical governance is used to show how multiple institutions and actors are involved in sustaining effective governance. The model addresses issues of how governance is sustained in the face of change, why governance of practices varies from setting to setting, and how governance is achieved without legislation.

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Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Blackwell (2008) This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in British Journal of Sociology, 59(3)pp.519-538. It is available online from Blackwell-Synergy. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: governance; Gramsci; hegemony; pharmaceutical; regulation; technology
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Health Services Research (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Information Resources (SCHARR) (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2008 09:43
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4446.2008.00206.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2008.00206.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4717

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