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
27 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2009
Date Written: October, 21 2009
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
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