Anti-Politics, Depoliticisation and Governance in Late-Modernity

Paul FAWCETT (Editor), Matthew Flinders (Editor), Colin Hay (Editor), Matthew Wood (Editor)

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There is a growing body of evidence pointing towards rising levels of public dissatisfaction with the formal political process. Depoliticization refers to a more discrete range of contemporary strategies politicians employ that tend to remove or displace the potential for choice, collective agency, and deliberation. This book examines the relationship between these trends of dissatisfaction and displacement, as understood within the broader shift towards governance. It brings together a number of contributions from scholars who have a varied range of concerns but who nevertheless share a common interest in developing the concept of depoliticization through their engagement with a set of theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and empirical questions. The contributions in this volume explore these questions from a variety of different perspectives by using a number of different empirical examples and case studies from both within the nation state and from other regional, global, and multilevel arenas. In this context, this volume examines the limits and potential of depoliticization as a concept and its contribution to the larger and more established literatures on governance and anti-politics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages305
ISBN (Print)9780198748977
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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