Neoliberalism has had a major impact on public policy but it has also perhaps obscured the equally dramatic spread of other policy tools based on significantly different forms of social science.

This book therefore explores the mixture of social technologies that have arisen since neoliberalism, sometimes alongside and sometimes in conflict with it, but generally as attempts to address problems created by the market reforms of a high neoliberalism. These have included attempts to spread networks, joining-up, and long term partnerships, and to build state capacity, social capital, and resilient communities. Thematically, each chapter is defined by its engagement with governmentality, specifically challenging governmentality theory to pay more attention to practices. The book also develops a complex and variegated account of neoliberalism and its afterlife as chapters highlight the different ways in which a range of market mechanisms and other technologies now coexist in different policy areas. Finally, the book moves beyond abstract discussions of both governmentality and neoliberalism to concrete demonstrations of this approach in action.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of governance, public policy, governmentality theory and more broadly to British Politics, social policy, and sociology.

chapter 1|15 pages

Governmentality after neoliberalism

ByMark Bevir

chapter 2|15 pages

Contemporary spatial governance

The making and remaking of land use planning
ByPhil Allmendinger

chapter 3|23 pages

Governing urban and regional development in the UK

The approach of the coalition government 2010–2015
ByDanny MacKinnon

chapter 4|17 pages

“Re-placing” neoliberalism?

Exploring more sustainable governance pathways for agri-food and rural development
ByTerry Marsden

chapter 5|21 pages

Codifying ethics

New Labour and the government of civil servants
ByEdward Barratt

chapter 6|19 pages

Social welfare policy

Fantasy and assemblage in a personalised welfare state
ByCatherine Needham

chapter 7|24 pages

Social housing and the “new localism”

A strategy of governance for austere times
ByKim McKee

chapter 8|17 pages

Network leadership as pastoral power

The governance of quality improvement communities in the English National Health Service
ByJustin Waring, Graham Martin

chapter 9|19 pages

Resilience and governmentality of unknowns

BySimin Davoudi

chapter 10|22 pages

Britain’s overseas aid strategy

How the resilience turn reinforces governmentality
ByJonathan Joseph

chapter 11|19 pages

Countering the Changing Genealogies of Migration in the EU

ByBal Sokhi-Bulley