The Art of Not Being Too Governed takes on a difficult challenge: to clear the name of political liberalism, against neoliberalism. By asking the age-old question of “good government”, Monod pursues Michel Foucault’s reflexions on governmentality, while adding a critique of governance inherited from New Public Management. The philosopher calls for the recognition of authentic political liberalism as a basis for reaching a necessary balance between opposing powers, and for imposing limitations on state prerogatives.
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Jean-Claude Monod is a philosopher, and director of research at the CNRS. His work focuses mostly on post-Hegelian German philosophy and political philosophy, and specifically on the relationship between politics,…