Over the past two decades politicians have delegated many political decisions to expert agencies or ‘quangos’, and portrayed the associated issues, like monetary or drug policy, as technocratic or managerial. At the same time an increasing number of important political decisions are being removed from democratic public debate altogether, leading many commentators to argue that they are part of a ‘crisis of democracy’, marking the ‘end of politics’.
Tracing the political uses a broad range of international case studies to chart the politicising and depoliticising dynamics that shape debates about the future of governance and the liberal democratic state. The book is part of the New perspectives in policy and politics series, and will be an important text for students of politics and policy, as well as researchers and policy makers.
“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” Professor Gerry Stoker, University of Canberra (Australia) and University of Southampton (UK)
"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." Eva Sørensen, Roskilde University, Denmark
Professor Matthew Flinders is Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is also Chair of the UK Political Studies Association and Visiting Distinguished Professor of Governance and Public Policy at Murdoch University.
Dr Matt Wood is ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow at the University of Sheffield Department of Politics. He has published articles on depoliticisation in several journals.
Introduction ~ Matthew Flinders and Matt Wood;
Rethinking depoliticisation: beyond the governmental ~ Matthew Flinders and Matthew Wood;
Depoliticisation, governance and political participation ~ Paul Fawcett and David Marsh;
Depoliticisation: economic crisis and political management ~ Peter Burnham;
Repoliticising depoliticisation: theoretical preliminaries on some responses to the American fiscal and Eurozone debt crises ~ Bob Jessop;
Rolling back to roll forward: depoliticisation and the extension of government ~ Emma Ann foster, Peter Kerr and Christopher Byrne;
(De)politicisation and the Father's Clause parliamentary debates ~ Stephen Bates, Laura Jenkins and Fran Amery;
Politicising UK energy: what 'speaking energy security' can do ~ Caroline Kuzemko;
Global norms, local contestation: privatisation and de/politicisation in Berlin ~ Ross Beveridge and Matthias Naumann;
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 ~ Matthew Flinders and Matt Wood.