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Rhodes, R A W 2007 , 'Understanding governance: ten years on.' , Organization Studies, vol. 28, No. 8 , pp. 1243-1264 , doi: 10.1177/0170840607076586.

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The paper reassesses the argument in Understanding Governance (1997). The first section
summarizes where we are now in the study of governance, reviewing briefly the key
concepts of policy networks, governance, core executive, hollowing out the state and the
differentiated polity. The second section engages with my critics with the aim of opening
new directions of research. I concentrate on the key issues of: the context of policy
networks, explaining change and the role of ideas, the decline of the state, rescuing the
core executive, and steering networks. Under each heading, I sketch a decentred answer
to the question of where we go from here. I argue the analysis of governance should
focus on beliefs, practices, traditions and dilemmas.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rhodes, R A W
Journal or Publication Title: Organization Studies
ISSN: 0170-8406
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/0170840607076586
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