• Publications
  • Influence
Powers of Freedom: Reframing Political Thought
Introduction: reframing political thought 1. Governing 2. Freedom 3. The social 4. Advanced liberalism 5. Community 6. Numbers 7. Control Conclusion: beyond government.
  • 4,947
  • 518
  • PDF
Powers of Freedom: Contents
  • 3,947
  • 326
Governing the Soul: The Shaping of the Private Self
We live under the beguiling illusion that our subjective lives are a personal matter. But our intimate feelings, desires, and relationships have become the object of new forms of investigation andExpand
  • 3,032
  • 188
Political power beyond the State: problematics of government. 1992.
This paper sets out an approach to the analysis of political power in terms of problematics of government. It argues against an overvaluation of the 'problem of the State' in political debate andExpand
  • 2,479
  • 183
  • PDF
Governing economic life
This paper proposes some new ways of analysing the exercise of political power in advanced liberal democratic societies. These are developed from Michel Foucault's conception of ‘governmentality’ andExpand
  • 2,257
  • 147
  • PDF
The death of the social? Re-figuring the territory of government
The social, as a plane of thought and action, has been central to political thought and political programmes since the mid-nineteenth century. This paper argues that, while themes of society andExpand
  • 1,326
  • 120
Government and control
Advanced liberal democracies are currently witnessing a bewildering variety of developments in regimes of control. These range from demands for execution or preventive detention of implacablyExpand
  • 940
  • 114
  • PDF
Inventing our Selves: Psychology, Power, and Personhood
1. Introduction 2. How should one do the history of 'the self'? 3. A critical history of psychology 4. Psychology as a 'social' science 5. Expertise and the 'techne' of psychology 6. Psychology as anExpand
  • 1,488
  • 111
  • PDF
The Politics of Life Itself
This article explores contemporary biopolitics in the light of Michel Foucault's oft quoted suggestion that contemporary politics calls `life itself' into question. It suggests that recentExpand
  • 1,426
  • 107
  • PDF