Panel on The meaning of ‘meaning’: Public management and governance in multiple meaning contexts @ The Interdisciplinary Workshop ‘Subjecthood – A new entry point for critical social inquiry?’, University of Birmingham, 12th of May 2016.

This panel invited contributions that develop and apply concepts of subjecthood and agency to the theories and practices of public management and governance in multiple meaning contexts. Participants were encouraged to critically debate the role of subjecthood in problematising boundaries, and contesting and mediating between local cultures of public management and governance vis-a-vis national or global forces. A better understanding of subjecthood has the potential to enable the development of actor-centred, culturally considered approaches to transferring, brokering and adapting public administrative knowledge, resulting in public services and governance arrangements that are more effective because they are rooted in local world views and values.

Chair: Gareth Wall, Research Officer at Commonwealth Local Government Forum; Doctoral Researcher, International Development Department

Presenters:

  • Dr Abena Dadze-Arthur, Visiting Lecturer, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Meera Sabaratnam, Lecturer in International Relations, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London
  • Vivien Lowndes, Professor of Public Policy, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Stephen Jeffares, Lecturer, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham