A Common power to keep them all in awe: a comment on governance

Du Gay, Paul (2002). A Common power to keep them all in awe: a comment on governance. Cultural Values, 6(1-2) pp. 11–27.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1362517022019720


This article will consider some notions of governance and explore some of the issues of political ordering, particularly those relating to sovereignty and authority, that they tend to challenge, sideline, or seek to transcend. It does so primarily through an examination of the ways in which these notions have been employed to explain and/or endorse reforms in the organization and role of the public administration in certain liberal democratic states, most notably Britain. It concludes that Hobbesian conceptions of 'state' 'sovereignty' and 'authority' still matter and have by no means been eclipsed by the development of governance.

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