Foucault’s Political Challenge

From Hegemony to Truth

  • Henrik Paul Bang

Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. The Circle of Parrhesia and Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-7
    2. Henrik Paul Bang
      Pages 9-38
    3. Henrik Paul Bang
      Pages 63-86
  3. Foucault: Problematizing Sovereignty and Discipline

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-89
    2. Henrik Paul Bang
      Pages 91-112
    3. Henrik Paul Bang
      Pages 113-124
    4. Henrik Paul Bang
      Pages 125-138
    5. Henrik Paul Bang
      Pages 139-153
  4. The Political beyond Sovereignty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-157
    2. Henrik Paul Bang
      Pages 159-179
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      Pages 180-189
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      Pages 190-210
    5. Henrik Paul Bang
      Pages 211-228
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-251

About this book


This book examines Foucault's political framework for connecting political authority with practices of freedom. It starts from the older Foucault's claim that where there is obedience there cannot be government by truth. Then it shows how this claim runs like a red thread through his entire life project.


Government governance governmentality democracy freedom social movements political participation political authorities political community political regime political system government liberty Michel Foucault neoliberalism participation police political theory res publica social science sovereignty

Authors and affiliations

  • Henrik Paul Bang
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Governance and Policy AnalysisUniversity of CanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social Sciences Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-56119-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-31411-6
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