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Authoritative GovernancePolicy Making in the Age of Mediatization$
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Maarten A. Hajer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281671.001.0001

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The Paradox of Authority in a Mediatized Politics

The Paradox of Authority in a Mediatized Politics

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Authoritative Governance

Maarten A. Hajer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter signals the ‘authority paradox’ of mediatized politics: while media attention gives a boost to the symbolic authority of the classical-modernist political centre, actual problem solving requires complex forms of network governance that resist mediatic representation. This has a democratic significance: while classical-modernist government is increasingly recombined with network governance, this latter genre remains largely invisible. In order to be able to solve this paradox, we should rethink authority in an age of mediatization. In a mediatized environment, meanings meander and evolve through a string of staged performances at a variety of interconnected settings, including those of classical-modernist politics. Authority is now understood in terms of the string of enactments at various stages through which different relationships with multiple publics get established. Using that understanding, there is a future for an authoritative governance in an age of mediatization.

Keywords:   deliberation, network governance, democratic theory, authority paradox, media, representation

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