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Making policy moveTowards a politics of translation and assemblage$
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John Clarke, Dave Bainton, Noémi Lendvai, and Paul Stubbs

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313366

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313366.001.0001

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Soft governance, policy fictions and translation zones

Soft governance, policy fictions and translation zones

European policy spaces and their making

Five (p.131) Soft governance, policy fictions and translation zones
Making policy move

Noémi Lendvai

Policy Press

Chapter 5 takes translation as a complex intersection between languages, policy agendas and policy actors in the context of the European Union’s governance of social inclusion. The chapter considers the entanglement of the linguascapes of ‘EU English’, the ‘techno-zone’ of EU inclusion governance and the repertoires of Hungarian translations and policy responses within these complex policy spaces. Translation allows the conceptualisation of these dynamics, not as policy transfers with an assumed epistemic modernism, where Europeanisation is seen as a modernization project, but rather as operating within translation zones in which multiple speakers speak multiple languages, producing multiple regimes of inclusion. The chapter argues that the Hungarian translation of inclusion as ‘togetherness’, or ‘closed-up’ are the result of the fiction of the language of EU inclusion policy, the fiction of the Hungarian translation, and the fiction of policy texts produced in the process of ‘deliberative governance’. As such, translation enables us to access spaces of contestations, resistances and sites of policy productions capturing the complexities of traveling policies.

Keywords:   translation, policy fictions, soft governance, European union, Europeanisation, epistemic modernism, inclusion, contestation, resistance

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