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The instabilities of expertise: remaking knowledge, power and politics in unsettled times

Newman, Janet and Clarke, John (2018). The instabilities of expertise: remaking knowledge, power and politics in unsettled times. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 31(1) pp. 40–54.

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Abstract

In this article, we explore the implications of contemporary populist challenges to established forms of expertise in the UK, USA and elsewhere. Drawing on a Foucauldian conception of knowledge and power as always articulated, we argue for a conjunctural approach to understanding the ways in which formations of expertise become stabilized and de-stabilized, vulnerable to challenge and contestation. We trace the role of economic expertise in defining the limits of political and policy “realism” before and after the crash of 2007–8. We then consider the rise of nationalist-populist political mobilizations which challenged existing “expertise” in the name of popular wisdom. In the context of de-stabilized forms of expertise, we ask about emergent attempts at reconfiguring knowledge, power and politics in different ways.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The European Association for the Advancement of the Social Sciences
ISSN: 1351-1610
Keywords: expertise; power; knowledge; austerity; populism; conjuncture
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Citizenship and Governance
Item ID: 53375
Depositing User: John Clarke
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 14:26
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 03:23
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53375
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