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date: 19 November 2019

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This article examines changes in the conception of political power after Michel Foucault. It suggests that while Foucault has politicized certain practices and knowledge fields that were previously insulated from inquiry into the interests shaping them, such politicization need not be conflated with political life tout court. It argues that Foucault's formulations of power, and especially of government and governmentality, have made this distinction extremely difficult. However, rather than giving up the distinction on the one hand, or rejecting Foucault's problematization of it on the other, political theory after Foucault is faced with the task of delineating it anew.

Keywords: political power, Michel Foucault, political life, government, political theory

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