Searching for authenticity? Understanding representation in network governance: the case of faith engagement

Chapman, Rachael and Lowndes, Vivien (2014) Searching for authenticity? Understanding representation in network governance: the case of faith engagement. Public Administration, 92 (2). pp. 274-290. ISSN 1467-9299

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/padm.12067/abstract

Abstract

With the growth of network governance, non-electoral forms of representation are of increasing significance. The claims of non-elected representatives are potentially more specific, explicit, and flexible than those of their elected counterparts. The quality of such claims can be assessed in relation to ‘authenticity’, rather than traditional criteria of authorization or accountability. These propositions are explored through first-hand accounts of ‘faith representatives’ involved in a variety of English urban governance partnerships. Representatives' claims expressed an aspiration to authenticity (which was not necessarily realized) in the sense of seeking ongoing and substantive consent from constituents, rather than assuming consent via a formalized and symbolic moment of election. Network governance may be best served by a mix of elected and non-elected representation, based upon an understanding of their complementary characteristics and of representation itself as a relational and emergent property.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Early view article- published online before print.
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2013 15:12
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13585

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