Czech postcommunist trouble with participatory governance. Toward an analysis of the cultural agency of policy discourses.

Durnova, Anna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5789-1850 (2019) Czech postcommunist trouble with participatory governance. Toward an analysis of the cultural agency of policy discourses. Policy Studies. (Published before print)

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The article uses the postcommunist context to rethink the argumentative arena of current participatory governance. While citizen empowerment is a crucial component of participatory governance, it has not received much attention in either the policy or the research of the CEE region. Comparing two Czech prominent public controversies, the analysis reveals a mediating rejection of citizen empowerment because it is seen as being fundamentally opposed to modernization. Modernization is a powerful narrative justifying the postcommunist transformation as a supreme policy goal, being used as an argument for the technocratic style of governing. The analysis thus suggests that attention to cultural contingency of participatory governance is needed, and it proposes analysis of the cultural agency of policy discourses. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: Participatory governance, discourse, interpretive political science, culture, postcommunism, cultural sociology, homebirth, urban planning, Czech Republic
Research Units: Techno-Science and Societal Transformation
Status: Published before print
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2019 08:19
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 08:19
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2019.1581155
ISSN: 0144-2872
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/4546

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