Neoliberal Governmentality and Ethico-politics of Power

  • Dilek Karal


This chapter provides a detailed discussion and literature review of theoretical concepts and common themes covered in the book. The concepts of governmentality, disciplinary power, bio-power, and ethico-politics of power are introduced in a genealogical line of thought. The author builds her theoretical arguments on the works of Michel Foucault, Mitchell Dean, Gilles Deleuze, Nicolas Rose and Xavier Inda. In this chapter the author presents a theoretical foundation for her critique on modern immigration and asylum policies. The author argues that ethico-political power is an intrinsic part of neoliberal governmentality and immigration and asylum policymaking processes. She claims that ethico-political power is not only a discursive power, however, it is also prominent in the institutional practices of states and organizations. Genealogy of power is presented in the chapter in line with different forms of states, emphasizing the linkage between rise of ethico-political power in policymaking and the weakening of the welfare state ideal. Withdrawal of the social state has led to individuals and communities being substituted for states or international actors as the responsible bodies.


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