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Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2014) 'The Concept of Governance in the Spirit of Capitalism.' Critical Policy Studies, 8 (1). pp. 5-21.

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Through combining insights from political economy and sociology, this article explains the early genesis of the policy notion of governance in relation to ideological changes in capitalism. Such an approach has tended to be neglected in existing conceptual histories, in the process, undermining a sharper politicization of the term and how it became normalized. The argument dissects how the emergence of governance can be understood in light of a relationship between political crises, social critique and justificatory arguments (centered around security and justice claims) that form part of an ideological ‘spirit of capitalism’. Through a distinctive comparison between the creation of ‘corporate governance’ in the 1970s and the formulation of a ‘governance agenda’ by the World Bank from the 1980s, the article elucidates how the concept, within certain policy uses, but by no means all, can reflect and help constitute a neoliberal spirit of capitalism.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 19460171
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Policy Studies on 15 April 2014, available online at the DOI shown above.
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Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 10:02

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