Anti-Politics, Depoliticization, and Governance

Anti-Politics, Depoliticization, and Governance


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There is a mounting 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 that add to this growing trend towards anti-politics by either removing or displacing the potential for choice, collective agency, and deliberation.

This book examines the relationship between these two trends 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. This volume explores these questions from a variety of different perspectives and uses a number of different empirical examples and case studies from both within the nation state as well as from other regional, global, and multi-level arenas.

In this context, this volume examines the potential and limits of depoliticization as a concept and its position and contribution in the nexus between the larger and more established literatures on governance and anti-politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198748977
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paul Fawcett, Associate Professor of Governance and Director of the Centre for Change Governance, University of Canberra,Matthew Flinders, Professor of Politics, University of Sheffield,Colin Hay, Professor of Political Sciences, Sciences Po, Paris,Matthew Wood, Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield

Paul Fawcett is Associate Professor of Governance and Director of the Centre for Change Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra. He has published in numerous scholarly journals such as Politics, Policy and Politics, Critical Policy Studies, and Political Studies Review.

Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield. His publications include Defending Politics (OUP, 2012), Democratic Drift (OUP, 2009), and The Oxford Handbook of British Politics (co-edited wtih A. Gamble, M. Kenny, and C. Hay, OUP, 2009).

Colin Hay is Professor of Political Sciences at Sciences Po, Paris. His publications include Civic Capitalism (with Anthony Payne, Polity, 2015), The Failure of Anglo-Liberal Capitalism (Palgrave, 2012), and The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism (with Daniel Wincott, Palgrave, 2012).

Matthew Wood is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield and Deputy Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre. He has published in numerous scholarly journals such as Public Administration, Political Studies, and Government and Opposition.

Table of Contents

Section I: Theoretical Innovation
1. Anti-politics, Depoliticization, and Governance, Paul Fawcett, Matthew Flinders, Colin Hay, and Matthew Wood
2. The Janus Face of Governance Theory: Depoliticizing or Repoliticizing Public Governance?, Eva Sorensen and Jacob Torfing
3. Depoliticization, Repoliticization, and Deliberative Systems, Claudia Landwehr
4. Politicization, New Media, and Everyday Deliberation, Rousiley C. M. Maia
Section II: Conceptual and Methodological Development
5. Global Governance Depoliticized: Knowledge Networks, Scientization, and Anti-Policy, Diane Stone
6. ASEAN, Anti-politics, and Human Rights, Kelly Gerard
7. Multilevel Governance and Depoliticization, Yannis Papadopoulos
Section III: New Empirical Horizons
8. Depoliticization as a Coordination Problem: Functional Change in a System of Multilevel Economic Governance, Holly Snaith
9. The Meta-Governance of Austerity, Localism, and Practices of Depoliticization, Steven Griggs, David Howarth, and Eleanor MacKillop
10. Depoliticization, Meta-Governance, and Coal Seam Gas Regulation in New South Wales, Paul Fawcett and Matthew Wood
Section IV: Discussion and Debate
11. Towards a Political Economy of Depoliticization Strategies: Help to Buy, the Office for Budget Responsibility, and the UK Growth Model, Craig Berry and Scott Lavery
12. Embracing the Mixed Nature of Politics, Gerry Stoker
13. A Renewed Agenda for Studying Anti-Politics, Depoliticization, and Governance, Paul Fawcett, Matthew Flinders, Colin Hay, and Matthew Wood

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