Tracing the Political

Depoliticisation, Governance and the State

Edited by Matthew Flinders and Matt Wood

Tracing the Political

Edited by Matthew Flinders and Matt Wood

Distributed for Bristol University Press

288 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447326601 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Over the past few decades, governments in many nations have increasingly delegated political decisions to expert agencies, portraying the issues they deal with—such as drug policy or monetary policy—as technocratic or managerial in nature. This has had the effect of essentially removing a large number of important political decisions from public debate—a situation that has led many commentators to worry about a “crisis of democracy,” or, even worse, the “end of politics.” This book offers a nuanced perspective on that situation, charting the dynamics of politicization and depoliticization that shape debates about governance, participation, and the liberal democratic state.
Note on contributors

1. Depoliticisation, governance and the state 
Matthew Flinders and Matt Wood

2. Rethinking depoliticisation: beyond the governmental 
Matt Wood and Matthew Flinders

3. Depoliticisation, governance and political participation 
Paul Fawcett and David Marsh

4. Depoliticisation: economic crisis and political management 
Peter Burnham

5. Repoliticising depoliticisation: theoretical preliminaries on some responses to the American fiscal and Eurozone debt crises 
Bob Jessop

6. Rolling back to roll forward: depoliticisation and the extension of government
Emma Ann foster, Peter Kerr and Christopher Byrne

7. (De)politicisation and the Father's Clause parliamentary debates 
Stephen Bates, Laura Jenkins and Fran Amery

8. Politicising UK energy: what 'speaking energy security' can do 
Caroline Kuzemko

9. Global norms, local contestation: privatisation and de/politicisation in Berlin 
Ross Beveridge and Matthias Naumann

10.    Depoliticisation as process, governance as practice: what did the 'first wave' get wrong and do we need a 'second wave' to put it right? 
Colin Hay

Conclusion: Thinking big: the political imagination
Matthew Flinders and Matt Wood

Review Quotes
Gerry Stoker, University of Canberra, Australia, and University of Southampton, UK
“An excellent group of scholars tackle the complex issue of depoliticisation and leave the reader with still a few puzzles but also a considerable advance in understanding and insight.”
Eva Sørensen, Roskilde University, Denmark
“This important edited volume takes one of the most heated debates among contemporary British students of politics and public policy one step further and provides important theoretical and empirical insights that can qualify further research into the role and function of the political in Western liberal democracies.”
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