Building on Weber to Understand Governance: Exploring the Links Between Identity, Democracy and 'Inner Distance'

Philip Arthur Woods

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    The paper builds up a conceptual picture of two types of governance-network and organic. In this process it highlights the legitimacies of co-ordination (interior authority and democracy) that lie outside Weber's typology of domination and are relatively neglected in governance literature. The exploration of interior authority, through discussion of identity and substantive liberty, reflects a perspective on human agency that acknowledges the interconnection of the social and non-social and links sociological understanding of agency with political philosophy. It is suggested that this theoretical work gives some necessary content to Weber's concept of inner distance. In turn, this also has implications for our understandings of what is involved in democratizing governance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143-163
    Number of pages20
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


    • agency
    • democracy
    • freedom
    • governance
    • identity
    • Weber
    • POLICY

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