This edited volume presents critical scholarship analysing governance practices in diverse jurisdictions in Europe and North America, at multiple scales, and in relation to several different arenas of policy and practice. The contributors address shortcomings in the mainstream literature on governance within the discipline of political science.
The volume as a whole is marked by geographical and topical diversity. However, what the individual chapters have in common is that each considers whether and how gender, racialized identity, and/or other axes of marginalization are visible within the conceptualizations and/or practices of governance under discussion.
Drawing together insights and conceptual tools from both feminist and post-structuralist frameworks in analysing governance practices, this volume will be of great interest to scholars and graduates who engage with feminist and/or post-structural analysis of policy and governance. It will also be of use to critical policy scholars in anthropology, geography, sociology, and women’s studies.
1. Introduction: Missing in action? 2. Re-gendering governance in times of austerity: dilemmas of feminist research, theory and politics 3. Affective governmentality – A feminist perspective 4. Mainlining the motherboard: The paradox of gendered academic labour in the university 5. Problematization as performative practice: An analysis of articles on gender and innovation6. Unsettling neoliberlism? Governmentality, feminist analysis and problematizations of workers’ mental health 7. Complaints, gender and power in governing education 8. Situating agency in the context of the post-political city? 9. Analysing power at play: (re-)doing an analytics of the political in an era of governance 10. Epilogue: A three-dimensional feminist post-structuralist analysis