PhD defence: Tim Holst Celik

Tension-filled Governance? - Exploring the Emergence, Consolidation and Reconfiguration of Legitimatory and Fiscal State-crafting

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 13:00 to 15:00

Tim Holst Celik

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Tim Holst Celik has submitted his thesis entitled:

Tension-filled Governance?
Exploring the Emergence, Consolidation and Reconfiguration of Legitimatory and Fiscal State-crafting


The thesis examines the so-called shift ‘from government to governance’ of the post-1970s/1990s period from a state-situated and historically informed perspective. Specifically, taking initial analytical departure in a particular approach of the early 1970s focused on the state-situated tension-filled functional relationship between legitimation and accumulation, the thesis both historically and theoretically reworks this approach – developing a framework centered on legitimatory and fiscal state-crafting – and reapplies it for the governance period. It asks whether and to what extent governance has served as a distinctive post-1970s/1990s state-facilitated way of bridging/altering the tension-filled relationship between legitimation and fiscal accumulation in Western European liberal-capitalist democratic polities. This agenda is activated through an overall ‘retroductive’ procedure and historical-theoretical approach. In particular, the thesis establishes an ideal-typical model that covers an emergence period (late 19th century-1945), (2) a consolidation period (1945-1970s) and (3) a reconfiguration period (1970s-2008) and associates each of these historical-theoretical periodizations with a certain tension-status and logic of tension-management. Additionally, the thesis rolls out the framework through a historical case study examination of the automobile industry in the UK and Sweden. In short, the thesis provides a critical interdisciplinary investigation of some of the main historical, state-situated and particularly legitimatory conditions of possibility for the governance phenomenon.


Primary Supervisor:
Professor with special responsibilities Poul Fritz Kjær
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Copenhagen Business School

Secondary Supervisor:
Professor Emeritus Peer Hull Kristensen
Department of Organisation
Copenhagen Business School

Assessment Committee:
Associate Professor Sine Nørholm Just (Chair)
Department of Business and Politics
Copenhagen Business School

Professor Nicholas Gane
Department of Sociology
University of Warwick

Lecturer Ian Bruff
School of Social Sciences
University of Manchester


The thesis will be available from


The Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence at Steen Blichers vej 22, 2000 Frederiksberg.

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