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

Emma Ann Foster, Peter Kerr, Christopher Byrne

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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, we argue that depoliticisation acts as a tool for masking the 'rolling forward' of the state and the proliferation of new forms of neo-liberal governmentality
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-241
JournalPolicy and politics
Issue number2
Early online date7 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014


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