Politics and economics: Beyond the contamination thesis

Walter, Ryan (2011) Politics and economics: Beyond the contamination thesis. Contemporary Political Theory, 10 4: 444-462. doi:10.1057/cpt.2010.35

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Author Walter, Ryan
Title Politics and economics: Beyond the contamination thesis
Journal name Contemporary Political Theory   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-8914
Publication date 2011-01-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1057/cpt.2010.35
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 10
Issue 4
Start page 444
End page 462
Total pages 19
Place of publication Basingstoke, Hants, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Language eng
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
3320 Political Science and International Relations
Abstract The relationship between politics and economic knowledge is contested. One general view claims that economics should be devoid of politics because of its corrupting effects, while another view posits the converse-that politics can be distorted by the impact of economic knowledge. Both views hold that the solution is to remove the influence of the one on the other. I construe these two broad views as variations on the same contamination thesis, the idea that politics and economics are separate domains and so should not contaminate one another. I suggest that this thesis is a version of the political/non-political distinction required by the ubiquitous ideal of a self-governing community, and that it therefore exhibits the limitations intrinsic to this ideal. The remedial possibilities of Michel Foucault's investigations into governmentality are then briefly explored.
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