Questioning Post-Political Perspectives on the Psychological State:Behavioural Public Policy in the Netherlands

Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages43
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Early online date21 Aug 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Aug 2019
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Abstract

In this paper, we argue that empirical analysis of the way in which BPP have been adopted in specific nation-states can challenge certain critiques of psychological governance, and key assumptions of post-political thinking. This paper thus utilizes an empirical study of BPP (as an ostensibly post-political condition par excellence) as a context within which to scrutinize the nature of the post-political, and what it is to be 'properly political'. In doing so this paper supports Gill et al's (2012: 510) call to 'establish where the post-political consensus is most and least firmly established', to pay attention to the pragmatics of politics, and to acknowledge that the post-political is an unfinished and partial project. But in distinction from Gill et al, we claim that the presence of the political in ostensibly post-political processes, is not merely about the unfinished, or partial, nature of the post-political, but part of an ongoing dialectic between the political and post-political.

Keywords

  • Behavioural public policy, Netherlands, post-political