By Maarten A. Hajer

The position of the media has develop into a important a part of politics and coverage within the twenty-first century. That dominance has led many to signify a pattern of 'dumbing down': the privileging of fashion over content material. during this provocative publication, Maarten Hajer takes factor with the 'dumbing down' thesis either on theoretical and empirical grounds. He goals to teach how authoritative governance continues to be attainable in concern pushed situations and a hugely 'mediatized' world.

Authoritative Governance elaborates a communicative figuring out of authority, which, the writer argues, can create a brand new foundation for authoritative governance in a global marked through political and institutional fragmentation. Extending his discourse-analytical framework, Hajer makes use of either discursive and dramaturgical how to examine policymakers of their fight for authority. 3 certain case studies--the plans to rebuild flooring 0, the aftermath of the assassination of Theo Van Gogh, and the hot position of the British foodstuff criteria corporation --provide a wealth of aspect of the dynamics of authority in brand new mediatized polity and convey out the bizarre function that crises now play.

The argument of Authoritative Governance is that during the age of mediatization governance has to be 'performed'. Hajer describes a surely new authoritative governance that breaks with present interpretations. He demonstrates ways that the conventional executive of status associations and notions of community governance might be mixed in actively growing kin with quite a few publics.

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Yet the institutional void poses a predicament for the authority of governance. How should situations be handled when there is no clear hierarchy among participants, when no single actor can make the policy choice or even decide how a joint decision is to be reached? How should such a group deliberate when there is no shared understanding of what the problem ‘really’ is? What is more, how can participants agree on a political strategy if there are no constitutional rules and norms that tell them what constitutes a legitimate decision?

Or is it something in the way an expert speaks to a layman that lends authority to this communication? Or is it a combination of the above? Friedman, also starting from Latin origins, reminds us of the influence of the ‘auctor’ as one of authority’s etymological roots: The Latin ‘auctor’ . . points to both senses of the English ‘author’: (1) a writer, and (2) an actor in the sense of the person responsible for an action or for starting a line of action. . From this perspective, a person with authority has been understood to be someone to whom a decision or opinion can be traced back as the source of that decision or opinion or else as someone who carries forward into the present, continues or ‘augments’ some founding act or line of action started in the past.

A learning deficit: it is still popular to think about policy-making in terms of a policy ‘cycle’. First you conceive of policy, then you determine policy, 29 The Authority Problem of Governance and then you implement it. Characteristically we see a hard distinction of (a) administrative policy analysis, (b) political decision-making, and (c) administrative execution. Yet this distinction presupposes more knowledge on part of the government in the period of policy-making than is realistic. The practical realities always pose new problems.

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