Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society
This book was first published in 1999 and quickly became a basic review of governmentality research. However, it is not only an introduction to the thematic field, but also a development of a special control analytics -- an independent development of Michel Foucault’s approach to historical and social-political analysis. Due to the attention to the relationship between governmentality and other key concepts of Foucault such as biopolitics and sovereignty, the first edition anticipated and partly defined the dictionary of modern discussions and studies in this field.
In the second edition (2010) Mitchell Dean works with the full text shell of Foucault's lectures and provides invaluable insights into the traditions, methods, and theories of political power, identifying the authoritarian as well as the liberal side of governmentality.
For the second edition, each chapter was completely revised and updated, taking in the latest theoretical, social and political developments of this field. A new introduction with an overview of the governmentality state today was added, as well as an entirely new chapter on international governmentality.
Mitchell Dean, Professor, Copenhagen Business School and Macquarie University