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Tracing the PoliticalDepoliticisation, governance and the state$
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Matt Wood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326601

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326601.001.0001

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Repoliticising depoliticisation: theoretical preliminaries on some responses to the American fiscal and Eurozone debt crises

Repoliticising depoliticisation: theoretical preliminaries on some responses to the American fiscal and Eurozone debt crises

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Tracing the Political
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Bob Jessop

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326601.003.0005

Politicisation, depoliticisation, and repoliticisation are basic and interrelated concepts in political analysis. They may also describe specific political strategies in relatively stable, turbulent or crisis-prone periods or concrete conjunctures. This article aims to clarify the chameleon-like concept of depoliticisation by distinguishing its different levels and forms. It also applies these distinctions to two cases of 'depoliticisation' in the fiscal politics of the North Atlantic Financial Crisis (NAFC). The magnitude, duration, and depth of this crisis have prompted an intriguing mix of de- and repoliticisation strategies. These are evident in the manufactured hysteria about the 'fiscal cliff' in the USA and the attempts to impose technocratic government and a new economic constitution in the Eurozone. The conclusion offers some general reflections.

Keywords:   debt crisis, depoliticisation, eurozone, fiscal crisis

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