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Putting Civil Society in Its PlaceGovernance, Metagovernance and Subjectivity$
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Bob Jessop

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447354956

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447354956.001.0001

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The multispatial governance of social and economic policy

The multispatial governance of social and economic policy

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(p.155) 8 The multispatial governance of social and economic policy
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Putting Civil Society in Its Place
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Bob Jessop

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447354956.003.0008

This chapter distinguishes Foucault’s approach from the work of Anglo-Foucauldian scholars. The latter adopted a microsocial perspective, focused on the programmes and rationalities of government that work across multiple alliances between different actors, and argued for bottom-up civil society responsibilization. Foucault was not only state-phobic but also suspicious of political action based on civil society. His theoretical interests shifted from the micro-physics of disciplinary society and its anatomo-politics of the body to the more general strategic codification of a plurality of discourses, practices, technologies of power, and institutional ensembles around a specific governmental rationality concerned with the social body (bio-power) in a consolidated capitalist society. This is reflected in the statification of government and the governmentalization of the state. This led to his analyses of sovereignty, territorial statehood, and state power and the role of civil society in this regard and to less well-substantiated claims about their articulation to the logic of capital accumulation.

Keywords:   Anglo-Foucauldianism, Biopolitics, Capitalism, Disciplinary power, Michel Foucault, Governance, Governmentality, Rationality, State phobia

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