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The State as Cultural Practice$
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Mark Bevir and R. A. W. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580750

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580750.001.0001

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Bringing People Back In

Bringing People Back In

(p.176) Chapter 9 Bringing People Back In
The State as Cultural Practice

Mark Bevir (Contributor Webpage)

R. A. W. Rhodes (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter 9 turns from elite narratives of the state and its rationalities to the question of how middle-level managers, employees in an office, and citizens experience the state and its rationalities. Drawing again on observational fieldwork, the chapter describes the ways in which they construct ‘the state’ in their everyday beliefs and practices. It shows there are significant differences in the way the rationality of managerialism is experienced and understood. These different narratives are stories of resistance and are central to understanding what elites term the ‘implementation gap’ in the reform of the public services.

Keywords:   managerialism, rationalities, resistance, observation, customers, middle-level management, the private office

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