Anti-Politics, Depoliticization, and Governance

Paul FAWCETT, Matthew Flinders, Colin Hay, Matthew Wood

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This chapter introduces the volume, sets out its key themes, and explains how the chapters interrogate the nexus between governance and anti-politics via the concept of depoliticization. It argues that the literature on governance has drawn attention to a ‘capacity gap’ between elected politicians and those who actually take decisions about essential public services, while the literature on anti-politics has highlighted a growing ‘democratic gap’ between politicians and citizens. These issues arise in a dynamic context that is captured by concepts such as meta-governance and multilevel governance but also a wider disillusionment with neo-liberal ideology. This book addresses the ‘research gap’ that arises from the relative absence of studies that have drilled down into the relationship between the ‘capacity gap’ and ‘democratic gap’, by focusing on depoliticization. Overall, we argue that studies of depoliticization are well placed to examine these questions and especially the ‘nexus’ between governance and anti-politics.
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 University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780198748977
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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