Security and Neoliberalism

  • Henrik Paul Bang
Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT)


Foucault often speaks of police as closely related to discipline, but what he seems to mean is discipline not as subjection but as knowledge. Policing is based on knowledge of how the population live together, reproduce, eat, drink, spend their leisure time, and so on. Police also guarantees that people can work alongside each other at different or similar professions, and that they can freely circulate between them. As such, policing as a mode of securitization is a much softer and more facilitating power than the kind of hard and decisive power associated with sustaining order within the king’s territory (STP: 328, emphasis in original):

Montechretien says: ‘Basically, nature can only give us being, but we get well-being (bien-être) from discipline and the arts.’ Discipline, which must be equal for all, important as it is for the good of the state as for all who live well and honestly within it, and the arts, which … are indispensable for providing us with — and I quote again — ‘the necessary, the useful, the proper, and the pleasant.’ So, it seems to me that the objective of police is everything from being well to well-being, everything that may produce this well-being beyond being, and in such a way that the well-being of individuals is the state’s strength.


Human Capital Civil Society Political Authority Governmental Practice Sovereign Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henrik Paul Bang
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  1. 1.Institute for Governance and Policy AnalysisUniversity of CanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark

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