Genealogy, Systematisation and Resistance in 'Advanced Liberalism'

RETHINKING LAW, SOCIETY AND GOVERNANCE: FOUCAULT'S BEQUEST, G Pavlich and G Wickham, eds., Hart Publishing: Oxford, pp. 14-26, 2003

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09-121

27 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2009  

Pat O'Malley

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: October, 21 2009

Abstract

Critics of governmentality often confuse its presentation of the rationalities and technologies of governance as implying both analytic acceptance of these programs, and the implication that these have been accepted by the population. In arguing against this misunderstanding, it is nevertheless accepted that some accounts of rationalities render them too internally consistent, and as too divorced from the processes whereby they are actually implemented or contested. It is argued that governmentality must take account of these 'messy' features of governance in order to understand both how governmental programs are constantly in change, and why this matters to an adequate account of governance - without threatening the central contributions of the approach.

Keywords: governmentality, rationality, Foucault, politics, neo-liberalism

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30

Suggested Citation

O'Malley, Pat, Genealogy, Systematisation and Resistance in 'Advanced Liberalism' (October, 21 2009). RETHINKING LAW, SOCIETY AND GOVERNANCE: FOUCAULT'S BEQUEST, G Pavlich and G Wickham, eds., Hart Publishing: Oxford, pp. 14-26, 2003; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09-121. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492430

Pat O'Malley (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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