A Renewed Agenda for Studying Anti-Politics, Depoliticization, and Governance: Conclusion

Paul FAWCETT, Matthew Flinders, Collin Hay, Matthew Wood

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This chapter returns to the idea of ‘nexus politics’ and the collection’s overall concern with how depoliticization functions to reinforce anti-politics in the context of changes in governance. We organize an agenda for further research around theoretical, methodological, and empirical themes. Theoretically, we argue that further work is needed to better account for how and why depoliticization and politicization occur, and on which forms of politicization promote choice, deliberation, and agency. Methodologically, we need to develop analytical models that map out what institutional and discursive configurations make choice and collective agency appear more or less visible. We need to keep pushing the envelope by examining how depoliticization operates in unconventional arenas. While much more work still needs to be done, this book makes a modest yet distinctive contribution towards a better understanding of ‘nexus politics’ and the growth of anti-politics as one of the most significant issues of our time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnti-Politics, Depoliticisation and Governance in Late-Modernity
EditorsPaul Fawcett, Mathew Flinders, Colin Hay, Matthew Wood
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford Univeristy Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780191811616
ISBN (Print)9780198748977
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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