Neosocial Market Economy


  • Frieder Vogelmann Goethe-University Frankfurt



Although the governmentality literature has occasionally acknowledged the importance of the concept of a liberal truth-regime, there has never been a thorough investigation of the role it plays in Foucault’s governmentality lectures. Therefore, this paper begins with an examination of the lectures’ “archaeological dimension” that leads to two claims: First, it shows that the crucial conceptual tool in the lectures is the question about the relation to truth that a particular political rationality possesses. Only by looking at the changing truth-regimes of the liberal governmentalities will their differences and continuities come into full contrast. The article’s second claim is that this conceptually sharpened understanding of the political rationalities is required for a diagnosis of the present, which reveals that today’s dominant governmentality is no longer neo-liberalism but a new liberal rationality: neosocial market economy.

Author Biography

Frieder Vogelmann, Goethe-University Frankfurt

Frieder Vogelmann studied philosophy, mathematics and cognitive science in Freiburg. He is a member of the Junior Research Group "Crisis and Normative Order" part belongs to the Cluster of Excellence "Foundations of Normative Orders" at the Goethe-University Frankfurt. He is currently writing his dissertation on responsibility as a governmental technique at the Department for Philosophy of the University of Frankfurt/Main.




How to Cite

Vogelmann, F. (2012). Neosocial Market Economy. Foucault Studies, (14), 115–137.