The Disoriented State: Shifts in Governmentality, Territoriality and Governance

  • Bas Arts
  • Arnoud Lagendijk
  • Henk van Houtum

Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 49)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages ###-###
  2. Introduction

    1. Arnoud Lagendijk, Bas Arts, Henk van Houtum
      Pages 3-10
  3. States, Territories, Governance

  4. Policy Practices

  5. Conclusions

    1. Bas Arts, Arnoud Lagendijk
      Pages 231-247
  6. Back Matter
    Pages ###-###

About this book


By providing a unique combination of theories on the state, on territoriality and on governance, The Disoriented State explores the relationship between state governmentality and specific forms of policy making.

The Disoriented State begins with a theorisation of these new modes of territoriality, governmentality and governance by three prominent scholars in the field: Neil Brenner, Phil Cerny and Bob Jessop. This is followed by a series of in-depth case studies which manifest the variety as well the various forms of co-constitution between state governmentality, new modes of governance and policy-making, focusing on migration, spatial economic policy, city-marketing, urban development, water management and environmental policy.

The concluding chapter discusses how various governance gaps and territorial traps have forced the state being 'disoriented' about its aims, role and perspectives, while desiring to remain a central orchestrator of governance processes at the same time.


Bob Jessop European Union Government Marketing development governmentality policy-making state

Editors and affiliations

  • Bas Arts
    • 1
  • Arnoud Lagendijk
    • 2
  • Henk van Houtum
    • 2
  1. 1.Chairgroup Forest and Nature Conservation PolicyWageningen University and Research CentreWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Nijmegen School of ManagementRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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