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Governance: The Art of Governing after Governmentality
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Social Theory, ISSN 1368-4310, E-ISSN 1461-7137, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 60-76Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As Michel Foucault and others have shown, from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, Western political discourse has perpetuated an art of governing aimed at societies and populations. This article argues that this modern art of governing is now coming undone, in the name of governance. The discourse on governance is taking us from an art of governing premised on producing policy for a society or a population to an art of governing premised on solving problems with no necessary reference to any kind of society or population. Tracing the evolution of that discourse, the article argues that existing social and political theory has failed to make sense of this shift. It concludes that in order to access and assess the new art of governing on its own terms we need a sociological imagination that stretches beyond societies and a political imaginary without the presupposition of collectivities.

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2014. Vol. 17, no 1, p. 60-76
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Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-30833DOI: 10.1177/1368431013491818ISI: 000336245500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84891837993OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-30833DiVA, id: diva2:668632
Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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