A Standard Fit for Neoliberalism

Peter Gibbon, Lasse Folke Henriksen

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Abstract

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).
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).
LanguageEnglish
JournalComparative Studies in Society and History
Volume54
Issue number2
Pages275-307
Number of pages33
ISSN0010-4175
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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A Standard Fit for Neoliberalism. / Gibbon, Peter; Henriksen, Lasse Folke .

In: Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 54, No. 2, 2012, p. 275-307.

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