Foucault and Political Reason
Liberalism, Neo-Liberalism, and Rationalities of Government
These twelve essays provide a critical introduction to Foucault's work on politics, exploring its relevance to past and current thinking about liberal and neo-liberal forms of government. Moving away from the great texts of liberal political philosophy, this book looks closely at the technical means with which the ideals of liberal political rationalities have been put into practice in such areas as schools, welfare, and the insurance industry.
This fresh approach to one of the seminal thinkers of the twentieth century is essential reading for anyone interested in social and cultural theory, sociology, and politics.
List of contributors
Andrew Barry, Thomas Osborne, Nikolas Rose.
1: Liberal government and techniques of the self
2: Governing "advanced" liberal democracies
3: Liberalism, socialism and democracy: variations on a governmental theme
4: The promise of liberalism and the performance of freedom
5: Security and vitality: drains, liberalism and power in the nineteenth century
6: Lines of communication and spaces of rule
7: Assembling the school
8: Governing the city: liberalism and early modern modes of governance
9: Risk and responsibility
10: Foucault, government and the enfolding of authority
11: Revolutions within: self-government and self-esteem
12: Foucault in Britain