Often overlooked by political scientists, Foucault's later work on 'governmentality' has much to offer political analysis. This paper does three things. First, it highlights three different meanings that Foucault and others give to this term. Second, it reviews some of the key debates - such as the nature of liberal governance - surrounding studies of governmentality. Finally, it illustrates the analytical promise of a governmentality perspective through a short discussion of recent developments in European governance.

European Union, Foucault, governmentality
dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.eps.2210038
European Political Science
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Walters, W, & Haahr, J.H. (Jens Henrik). (2005). Governmentality and political studies. European Political Science, 4(3), 288–300. doi:10.1057/palgrave.eps.2210038