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Tracing the PoliticalDepoliticisation, governance and the state$
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Matt Wood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326601

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326601.001.0001

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Rolling back to roll forward: depoliticisation and the extension of government

Rolling back to roll forward: depoliticisation and the extension of government

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(p.117) Chapter Six Rolling back to roll forward: depoliticisation and the extension of government
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Tracing the Political
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Emma Ann Foster

Peter Kerr

Christopher Byrne

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326601.003.0006

Premised on the assumption that depoliticisation is a crucial aspect of neo-liberal governmentality, this paper attempts to synergise these two, previously disparate, concepts. Borrowing from Foucault's theorisation of governmentality and drawing from inclusive definitions of politics/the political, this paper argues for a reformulation of our understanding of depoliticisation and politicisation. The paper contends that depoliticisation is best understood as a technique of governing which works to legitimise neo-liberalism as the dominant political rationality. As such, the chapter argues that depoliticisation acts as a tool for masking the 'rolling forward' of the state and the proliferation of new forms of neo-liberal governmentality.

Keywords:   depoliticisation, governmentality, neoliberalism, politicisation

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