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Foucault's contributions for understanding power relations in British classical political economy

Guizzo, Danielle; de Lima, Iara Vigo

Authors

Danielle Guizzo

Iara Vigo de Lima



Abstract

© 2015 National Association of Postgraduate Centers in Economics, ANPEC This paper analyzes the strategic role played by British classical political economy in constructing new technologies of power. Michel Foucault drew attention to a change that political economists promoted concerning the role of the state, which has been overlooked by historians of economic thought. This paper explores the main arguments provided by the most important British political economists of the 18th and 19th centuries on what concerns population management, State's role and economic dynamics in order to examine Foucault's considerations. Although British classical political economy consolidated the mechanism of markets and economic individuality, thus creating a system of truth that changed economic norms and practices, its discourse also established a political conduct that was responsible for creating mechanisms of control that disseminated new forms of power relations.

Citation

Guizzo, D., & de Lima, I. V. (2015). Foucault's contributions for understanding power relations in British classical political economy. EconomiA, 16(2), 194-205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econ.2015.06.002

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 20, 2015
Online Publication Date Jul 8, 2015
Publication Date May 1, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 2, 2017
Journal EconomiA
Print ISSN 1517-7580
Electronic ISSN 2358-2820
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 2
Pages 194-205
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econ.2015.06.002
Keywords British classical political economy, genealogy of power, liberal art of government, biopolitics
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/842287
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econ.2015.06.002

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