Managerialism

Managerialism is often seen as distinct “political form” of steering, formalist and led by technocrats, still on this ground serving specific interests: on the one hand seen as matter of “bad governance”, ignoring higher political virtues and based on individual greed; on the one hand as pure “administrative violence” to engineer neoliberakl interest.

During today’s presentation during the second Globalistics congress in Moscow I presented a different view, highlighting the importance to base the debate on the development of modes of production and accumulation regimes. In this perspective e may distinguish in particular four management approaches:

  • a complex “political” management approach close to and part of production (for instance in the Aristotelean understanding)
  • a “technicist” management approach close to and part of production (for instance in the form of Taylorism)
  • a complex “political” management outside of production (for instance in the form of welfare states etc.)
  • a “technicist” management approach outside of production (for instance in the form bureaucratisation)

Considerations are surely only at an early stage. But following from here it will also be possible to develop the Social Quality Approach further, linking it closer to questions of the economic system.

The publication of a version of the presentation will be hopefully announced soon.

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