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Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance$
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Alexandra Kaasch and Kerstin Martens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743996.001.0001

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A Cultural Political Economy Approach to the Governance of Global Social Policy

A Cultural Political Economy Approach to the Governance of Global Social Policy

(p.18) Chapter 2 A Cultural Political Economy Approach to the Governance of Global Social Policy
Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance

Bob Jessop

Oxford University Press

This chapter approaches global social policy and governance in terms of a strategically selective and strategically reflexive dialectic of structure and agency (as analysed with the strategic-relational approach and cultural political economy). It links this to the notion of dispositives. These develop in response to a discursively constituted ‘urgent’ problem (with a ‘real world’ referent) and are consolidated through strategies and apparatuses intended to resolve the problem as this gets (re-)interpreted over time. Global social policy is then disambiguated as an analytical and policy object along several dimensions. Its global nature is explored through the contradictions and dilemmas involved in the coexistence of capitalism and welfare in a single world market with a plurality of territorial states. This generates efforts at meta-governance (or collibration) across territories, places, scales, and networks but, given the complexity of global social problems, these efforts are prone to governance failure.

Keywords:   contradiction, cultural political economy, dispositive, governance failure, meta-governance, strategic-relational approach, world market

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