Publics, Politics and Power explores the emergence of new forms, sites, and practices of publicness and the implications for public services. It examines the remaking of the public in the context of new formations of the nation, where issues of migration, diversity, and faith challenge traditional forms of solidarity and citizenship. It traces the emergence of hybrid organizational forms and new strategies for governing publics and public services. It suggests some of the ways in which the public domain is being recast around notions of civil society, community, and populist participatory politics.

Valuing Publics? The Dilemmas of Public Work

Valuing publics? The dilemmas of public work

In chapter 1 we highlighted the unsettling of sedimented formations of publicness in nation, state and the liberal public sphere. Here we focus on public services as mediating these processes of unsettling, but also of recomposition. Public services, as we noted in the Introduction, help constitute the changing ‘sphere of publics’; but are also themselves being re-constituted within the political transformations of both nation and state. In returning to this theme at this point of the book we do not offer a story of the revival and resurgence of public norms and values after the supposed demise of the New Public Management; nor provide heroic tales of resistance as actors struggle against ...

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