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Governance, Consumers and Citizens
Agency and Resistance in Contemporary Politics
Edited by Mark Bevir and Frank Trentmann
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
12 Sep 2007
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Governance, Consumers and Citizens is the first book to bring together a study of governance with consumption, examining the changing place of the consumer as citizen in recent trends in governance, the tensions between competing ideas and practices of consumerism and the active role consumers play in the construction and practice of governance. 
Radically pushing forward the debate on consumers and governance, this collection outlines new conceptions and posits new policy agendas.  Bringing together international experts from political science, history, geography, social policy and media studies, this study shows how governance and consumption are intertwined in crucial aspects of public policy and contemporary politics.


Description

Governance, Consumers and Citizens is the first book to bring together a study of governance with consumption, examining the changing place of the consumer as citizen in recent trends in governance, the tensions between competing ideas and practices of consumerism and the active role consumers play in the construction and practice of governance. 
Radically pushing forward the debate on consumers and governance, this collection outlines new conceptions and posits new policy agendas.  Bringing together international experts from political science, history, geography, social policy and media studies, this study shows how governance and consumption are intertwined in crucial aspects of public policy and contemporary politics.


Reviews



'Radically pushing forward the debate on consumers and governance, this collection outlines new conceptions and posits new policy agendas. - Journal of Consumer Policy
 
'This book seems to me full of interesting papers that will challenge academics and postgraduate students interested in public policy and administration. It will, I suspect, be much pored over and the editors and authors are to be congratulated on its production.' - Michael Connolly, Political Studies Review
 
'...succeeds in revitalizing and enriching the debate on the relationship between consumption and citizenship...an invitation to sociologists to enter the debate and bring their sociological imagination to arrive at a better, more truthful understanding of this very important, complex, ambivalent and paradoxical phenomenon that is governance' - Sociology


Contents

List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Consumption and Citizenship in the New Governance; M.Bevir & F.Trentmann
PART 1: INTERPRETING GOVERNANCE
The Construction of Governance; M.Bevir
Governance as Cultural Practice: Texts, Talk and the Struggle for Meaning; J.Newman
Consuming Social Science; C.Donovan
PART 2: CONTESTED CONSUMERS
'It's Not Like Shopping': Citizens, Consumers and the Reform of Public Services; J.Clarke
The Governance of Health Policy in the United Kingdom; I.Greener, M.Powell, N.Mills & S.Doheny
Regulating Markets in the Interest of Consumers? On the Changing Regime of Governance in the Financial Service and Communications Sectors; P.Lunt & S.Livingstone
PART 3: NEW PERSPECTIVES
After Modernism: Local Reasoning, Consumption, and Governance; M.Bevir & F.Trentmann
Critical Theory in a Swing: Political Consumerism between Politics and Policy; H.P.Bang
Problematizing Choice: Responsible Consumers and Sceptical Citizens; A.Malpass, C.Barnett, N.Clarke & P.Cloke
CONCLUSION
Reflections on Governance from an International Perspective; B.Morgan
Index


Authors

MARK BEVIR is Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA. He is author of The Logic of the History of Ideas, and New Labour: A Critique, and co-author, with R.A.W. Rhodes, of Governance Stories.

FRANK TRENTMANN is Professor of Modern History, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Recent publications include Consuming Cultures, Global Perspectives, edited with John Brewer, Civil Society: A Reader in History, Theory and Global Politics, edited with John A. Hall.