Comparing strategies of (de)politicisation in Europe: Governance, resistance and anti-politics

Jim Buller, Pinar E. Dönmez, Adam John Standring, Matthew Wood

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This book investigates the extent to which depoliticisation strategies, used to disguise the political character of decision-making, have become the established mode of governance within societies. Increasingly, commentators suggest that the dominance of depoliticisation is leading to a crisis of representative democracy or even the end of politics, but is this really true? This book examines the circumstances under which depoliticisation techniques can be challenged, whether such resistance is successful and how we might understand this process. It addresses these questions by adopting a novel comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. Scholars from a range of European countries scrutinise the contingent nature of depoliticisation through a collection of case studies, including: economic policy; transport; the environment; housing; urban politics; and government corruption. The book will be appeal to academics and students across the fields of politics, sociology, urban geography, philosophy and public policy.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages265
ISBN (Electronic)9783319642369
ISBN (Print)9783319642352
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018


  • Depoliticisation in Europe
  • Representative democracy
  • Anti-Politics in Europe
  • Post-Politics
  • European governance
  • Party Identification
  • Public Administration
  • European public policy
  • Depoliticisation strategies
  • Comparative European politics
  • Crisis of democracy
  • Depoliticisation techniques
  • Politics and urban studies
  • Depoliticisation in Bulgaria
  • Depoliticisation in London
  • Politics of the Heathrow third runway
  • Depoliticisation in Portugal
  • Depoliticisation in Cyprus
  • Depoliticisation in Hungary
  • City planning and politics


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