Quotation Blühdorn, Ingolfur. 2014. Post-ecologist Governmentality: Post-democracy, Post-politics and the Politics of Unsustainability. In: The Post-Political and its Discontents: Spaces of Depoliticisation, Spectres of Radical Politics, Hrsg. Erik Swyngedouw / Japhy Wilson, S. 146-166. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


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International climate and sustainability politics seem inescapably locked into a technocratic politics of unsustainability. This chapter explores what the literature on post-democracy and post-politics contributes to a more detailed understanding of this politics of unsustainability. It develops the notions of post-democracy and post-politics in a way that moves beyond existing work in the post- or neo-Marxist tradition. A brief account of the perspective that views contemporary eco-politics as a neo-liberal ploy is followed by the analysis of an emancipatory shift in social values and culture that has, arguably, given rise to a new eco-political governmentality. Today’s post-democratic and post-political politics of unsustainability is then interpreted as the product of this new governmentality. Thus, the diagnosed lock-in can no longer be seen exclusively as the result of ideological neo-liberalism but is, at least partially, also the outcome of an emancipatory process.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Post-ecologist Governmentality: Post-democracy, Post-politics and the Politics of Unsustainability
Title of whole publication The Post-Political and its Discontents: Spaces of Depoliticisation, Spectres of Radical Politics
Editor Erik Swyngedouw / Japhy Wilson
Page from 146
Page to 166
Location Edinburgh
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Year 2014

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Blühdorn, Ingolfur (Details)
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Institute for Social Change and Sustainability IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5108 Political theory (Details)
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