A Standard Fit for Neoliberalism

Peter Gibbon, Lasse Folke Henriksen

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    Social scientists and historians writing on techniques of contemporary rule, particularly those influenced by post-Marxist paradigms such as governmentality, have become increasingly preoccupied by the expanding role of standardization and the subjection of an ever-expanding array of spheres of activity to inspection (or self-inspection), audit, and certification. In the course of their investigations, the elements of a common narrative are emerging. This links standardization, audit, and certification with neoliberalism and contraction of the state, on one hand, with a reconfiguration of everyday life in business, communication, and social provision on the other (see Power 1997; Brunsson and Jakobsen 2000; Strathern 2000; and Higgins and Larner 2010).
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalComparative Studies in Society and History
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)275-307
    Number of pages33
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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