Theory building : the debate between modernist and interpretive social science in the pursuit of democratic governance

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-366
Journal / PublicationAsian Journal of Political Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


Bevir’s Democratic Governance advances a new theory of governance. The theory rejects reliance on bureaucracy, market and community on the one hand, and strives to embrace a participatory and deliberative rationality to achieve democratic governance on the other. The fundamental question remains: in what ways can his theory ease the tension and bridge the gap between democracy and bureaucracy? If readers are interested in the development of a more coherent theory on public administration or prefer a more balanced perspective in the study of democratic governance, this book serves as a good start, though it may not be able to give you the ultimate answer.

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  • Bureaucracy, Democracy, Local Knowledge, Local Reasoning, Participatory and Deliberative Rationality