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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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(De)politicisation and the Father’s Clause parliamentary debates

(De)politicisation and the Father’s Clause parliamentary debates

(p.139) Chapter Seven (De)politicisation and the Father’s Clause parliamentary debates
Tracing the Political

Stephen Bates

Laura Jenkins

Fran Amery

Policy Press

Studies making use of (de)politicisation have flourished as governments have embraced technocratic and delegated forms of governance. Yet this increase in use is not always matched by conceptual or analytical refinement. Nor has scholarship generally travelled into empirical terrain beyond economic and monetary policy, nor assessed whether politicising and depoliticising processes could occur simultaneously. It is within this intellectual context that the chapter makes a novel contribution by focusing on the (de)politicising discourses, processes and outcomes within policy surrounding assisted reproductive technologies. The chapter reveals a pattern of partial repoliticisation that raises questions about the relationship between governance, technology, society and state.

Keywords:   depoliticisation, father's clause, governance, hfe act

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