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Enter the transformational leader: network governance and the micro-politics of modernization

Newman, Janet (2005). Enter the transformational leader: network governance and the micro-politics of modernization. Sociology, 39(4) pp. 717–734.

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It is widely acknowledged that network governance is an increasingly significant feature of modern states.This article focuses on the cultural processes of attachment and identification that are formed in the spaces opened up in the 'differentiated polity' (Rhodes, 1997) of network governance. It explores the constitution of new subject positions – as 'transformational leaders' – for senior public service managers. The empirical data, drawn from interviews with senior public service managers in the UK, highlights tensions in the process of state modernization, and suggests ways in which 'transformational' identities might be influential in shaping the micro-politics of policy delivery.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1469-8684
Keywords: governance; identity; leadership; modernization; public services; social agency
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 4185
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Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 16:44
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