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date: 19 February 2019

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This chapter asks critical thinkers and activist movements to concentrate their efforts on mapping out how and why the essential tasks of government today pivot on the arts of exercising power in techno-economic forms in both “the ecology” and “the economy” to protect the environment, maintain order, and attain the good life through more effective governmentalizing actions. In turn, they must determine if such actions either attain democratic action and environmental justice or simply accentuate technocratic domination and social injustice. The chapter provides an overview of governmentality, as Michel Foucault developed this concept, and reevaluates his provisional notion of “milieux” as it relates to shaping the environmental governmentality that many accept as progressive green political action. It concludes by stressing the importance of political reflexivity and resistance to counter the managerial impulses behind environmental governmentality.

Keywords: critical policy studies, governmentality, environmental governmentality, milieux, political reflexivity

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