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Tracing the Political: Depoliticisation, governance and the state

Matt Wood


The concept of depoliticisation has become one of the key analytical tools in studies of governance and public policy. Governments increasingly shift responsibility for policy making to unelected experts, as well as denying there are any alternatives to policies like privatisation, making them appear non-political. Depoliticisation has hence been seen as a central process through which politics has become hidden in a range of policy areas – like monetary or drug policy - in contemporary liberal democratic states. However, existing conceptual frameworks and empirical case studies of depoliticis ... More

Keywords: politicisation, depoliticisation, repoliticisation, post democracy, governance, the state

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447326601
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Wood, editor
University of Sheffield

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