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Deconstructing Power Dynamics in Public Sector Governance: a Foucauldian Perspective

Abstract : A growing stream of research has focused on good governance of public sector organizations, identifying power dynamics as a key theoretical concept worthy of scientific investigation. While considerable theoretical progress has been achieved to-date, two literature gaps can be identified. First, the study of power in the literature on good governance has been largely influenced by the theoretical perspectives originally conceived to study the concept in private sector organizations. Second, the majority of studies on power in governance is influenced by the positivistic paradigm that has long dominated social science research, leading to an oversimplification of the complex nature of power. Both these limitations pose several challenges for theory development, which this study attempts to address. The aim of this research is to broaden our understanding of power in public sector governance and it do so by adopting the Foucauldian analytical perspective of power to analyze the interview findings and draw inferences. Theoretically, this study broadens our theoretical understanding of power relationship in public sector governance. While, the traditional theoretical underpinnings of corporate governance are supportive of a structural form of power, this study shifts from structures to appreciate systems of meanings and signification.
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Lakshana Sharvani Mundil. Deconstructing Power Dynamics in Public Sector Governance: a Foucauldian Perspective. Revue juridique de l'Océan Indien, Association « Droit dans l’Océan Indien » (LexOI), 2021. ⟨hal-03572433⟩

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