Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Head of Department
Professor, PhD

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My areas of speciality, which span my publishing career since the 1990s, include political and historical sociology, social and political thought, particularly in respect of power, and governing in liberal democracies, starting with the government of poverty.  More recently I have emphasized problems of sovereignty, and related issues of security, exception and legitimate violence, liberalism authoritarianism, international police and problems of the international order. While Michel Foucault has remained the abiding intellectual influence in my career, I have now engaged extensively with the works of Giorgio Agamben, Carl Schmitt, and numerous other social and political thinkers.

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Primary research areas
  • Public Governance
  • Concepts and signatures of power
  • Governing in liberal democracies
  • Historical and political sociology
  • Sovereignty and states
  • Social, political and critical thought


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Method and Analytical Strategies II (SOCPKL_PK43.LA)

Power and Communication (SOCPKL_PK07.LA)

Governmentality Paradigms: Diagnosing the Present (Master’s elective)



I am currently supervising three PhD students in Australia at Macquarie and Newcastle Universities: on youth participation and youth councils, international volunteering, and on risk and workplace safety. I have supervised and examined many theses at PhD, Masters, and honours level.  Recent completed research thesis topics include governing women on release from prison, the genealogy of child protection, and the legal governance of the family farm in rural Australia.  I am open to a wide range of PhD topics and perspectives.


Other teaching activities

PhD Course: Foucault, governmentality and critique: analytical strategies for the critique of power


Selected publications
  • Dean, M. (2010) Governmentality: power and rule in modern society, revised 2nd edition. London: Sage.
  • Dean, M. (2011) The Constitution of Poverty: toward a genealogy of liberal governance. Routledge Revivals. First published in 1991. London: Routledge.
  • Dean, M. (2007) Governing Societies: political perspectives on domestic and international rule. Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Dean, M. (1994) Critical and Effective Histories: Foucault’s methods and historical sociology. London: Routledge.


Publications sorted by:
Mitchell Dean / Foucault’s Last Decade
In: Thesis Eleven, Vol. 159, No. 1, 8.2020, p. 144-147
Book review
Mitchell Dean / Government
In: The Routledge Handbook of Economic Theology. ed. /Stefan Schwarzkopf. Abingdon : Routledge 2020, p. 154-162 (Routledge International Handbooks)
Book chapter > peer review
Mitchell Dean / Rethinking Neoliberalism for the Nordics
Abstract from The 3rd Nordic Challenges Conference, 2019
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Mitchell Dean / Rogue Neoliberalism, Liturgical Power, and the Search for a Left Governmentality
In: South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 118, No. 2, 2019, p. 325-342
Journal article > peer review
Mitchell Dean / What is Economic Theology? : A New Governmental-political Paradigm?.
In: Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 36, No. 3, 5.2019, p. 3-26
Journal article > peer review
Mitchell Dean / Acclamation, Social Media and the Manifestation of Truth
In: Digital Cultures: Knowledge / Culture / Technology: Conference Program and Book of Abstracts. Lüneburg : Leuphana University of Lüneburg 2018, 2 p., p. 122-123
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Mitchell Dean; Daniel Zamora / Did Foucault Reinvent His History of Sexuality through the Prism of Neoliberalism?
Net publication - Internet publication
Mitchell Dean / Foucault and the Neoliberalism Controversy
In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism. ed. /Damien Cahill; Melinda Cooper; Martijn Konings; David Primrose. London : SAGE Publications 2018, p. 40-53
Book chapter > peer review
Mitchell Dean / Oath and Office
In: Telos, No. 185, 1.2018, p. 67-91
Journal article > peer review
Mitchell Dean / The Dark Arts Reach the Internet
Net publication - Internet publication
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