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Authoritative Governance: Policy Making in the Age of Mediatization

Maarten A. Hajer


Mediatic representation has become an integral part of politics and policy. The dominance of incident-oriented media formats has led students of politics and media to fear a trend of ‘dumbing down’: the privileging of style over content. This book takes issue with the ‘dumbing down’ thesis both on theoretical and empirical grounds. In particular it investigates how an authoritative governance is possible in crisis-ridden circumstances in a mediatized environment. Maarten Hajer comes up with a communicative understanding of authority, creating a new basis for an authoritative governance in a wo ... More

Keywords: governance, dumbing down, authority, media, policy analysis, discourse analysis, dramaturgical analysis, performance, representation, deliberation, fragmentation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199281671
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maarten A. Hajer, author
Professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam and Director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
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