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Governance and the centrality of failure: a comedy of errors

Citation

Watson C Governance and the centrality of failure: a comedy of errors. University of Stirling. Comedy and social science: New directions in sociology, 1. Stirling: University of Stirling.

Abstract
Governance, and particularly what is widely referred to as ‘new’ governance, is currently a hot topic in social research. New governance is widely understood to be a response to the failures of both top down ‘command and control’ and unregulated markets, and the growing complexity, fragmentation and dynamic nature of society. Yet alternative forms of governance are themselves subject to failure. Despite this, failure has aroused little sustained interest among social scientists. This paper attempts to remedy this situation and proposes an alternative approach located within a comic frame which views failure arising in misrecognition.

Keywords
Comic frame; humorous discourse; Open Method of Coordination; unanticipated consequence

StatusUnpublished
Title of seriesComedy and social science: New directions in sociology
Number in series1
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30042
Place of publicationStirling