University of St Andrews

McKee contributes to new book on ‘Governmentality After Neoliberalism’

Wednesday 11 May 2016

Dr Kim McKee, Senior Lecturer in Geography & Sustainable Development has contributed to a new edited collection entitled: Governmentality After Neoliberalism.

Edited by Mark Bevir, a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, this multi-authored book entitled Governmentality After Neoliberalism emerges from a conference held in the USA in December 2014, to which Kim was an invited speaker.

Published as part of Routledge’s Governance & Public Policy series Kim’s chapter: “Social Housing and the ‘New Localism’: A Strategy of Governance for Austere Times”, draws on her longstanding research on community ownership of social housing in a Scottish context.  

This inter-disciplinary book, which spans a diverse array of policy areas, is defined by its engagement with Foucault’s work on governmentality.  It challenges governmentality scholars to pay more attention to practices, as well as developing a more complex and variegated account of neoliberalism and its afterlife. Crucially, it does so by moving beyond abstract discussions of both governmentality and neoliberalism to concrete demonstrations of this approach in action.

This text will be of relevance to scholars and students across a range of social science disciplines that are interested in governance, public policy, and governmentality theory.