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Power and Rule in Modern Society

Second Edition

December 2009 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Originally published in 1999 this exceptionally clear and lucid book quickly became the standard overview of what are now called 'governmentality studies'.

With its emphasis on the relationship between governmentality and other key concepts drawn from Michel Foucault, such as bio-politics and sovereignty, the First Edition anticipated and defined the terms of contemporary debate and analysis.

In this timely Second Edition, Mitchell Dean engages with the full textual basis of Foucault's lecturers and once again provides invaluable insights into the traditions, methods, and theories of political power identifying the authoritarian as well as liberal sides of governmentality.

Every chapter has been fully revised and updated to incorporate, and respond to, new theoretical, social and political developments in the field; a new introduction surveying the state of governmentality today has also been added as well as a completely new chapter on international governmentality.

Introduction to the Second Edition
Basic Concepts and Themes
Government and Governmentality  
An Analytics of Government  
Analyzing Regimes of Government  
Genealogy and Governmentality
Genealogy and Government  
Liberalism, Critique and 'the Social'  
Neo-Liberalism and Foucault  
Dependency and Empowerment: Two Case Studies
Pastoral Power, Police and Reason of State
Pastoral Power  
Reason of State and Police  
Bio-Politics and Sovereignty
Sovereignty and the Governmentalization of the State  
Law and Norm  
Society and Social Government  
Authoritarian Governmentality
The Illiberality of Liberal Government  
Bio-Politics, Race and Non-Liberal Rule  
Neo-Liberalism and Advanced Liberal Government
Society, Freedom and Reform  
Advanced Liberal Government  
A Post-Welfarist Regime of the Social  
Risk and Reflexive Government
Two Approaches to Risk  
Risk and Reflexive Modernization  
Insurance and Government  
Reflexive Government  
International Governmentality
Foucault and the International  
Building on Foucault  
Conclusion: 'Not Bad... but Dangerous'
Postscript to the Second Edition: The Crisis of Neo-Liberal Governmentality?

The book covers a topic very relevant to sustainability science. This topic - i.e. governance and governmentality - is treated in a very comprehensive way; many specific aspects are addressed that become especially relevant in interdisciplinary human ecology & sustainability science (like, e.g. risk and reflexive governance); moreover, literature from various national contexts is considered. Hence, I do strongly recommend the book to all students that aim at covering transdisciplinary issues within a sustainable development. I recommend it as supplemental reading to biology students, because the conceptual territory covered does pose a challenge to students with a natural science background.

Dr Karen Kastenhofer
Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna
February 23, 2010

It's great to have such a comprehensive volume on this subject

Dr Eleanor Peters
Law , Edge Hill University
November 26, 2009

New to this Second Edition.

• Every chapter has been fully revised and updated - with over 20% new material

• A new introduction surveying the state of governmentality today

• A completely new chapter on international governmentality

• A new Postscript.

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