Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Head of Department
Professor, PhD

Room: POR/18.B-3.141

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.


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Mitchell Dean; Daniel Zamora / Politics as a Confession : Confronting the Enemy Within.
In: Political Theology , 2.8.2022
Journal article > peer review
Mitchell Dean / The Economic Theology of Debt
In: Political Theology , 8.11.2022
Comment/debate > peer review
Mitchell Dean; Daniel Zamora / Foucault non aveva previsto la nuova politica confessionale
In: Domani, 3.6.2021, p. 14
Comment/debate > peer review
Mitchell Dean; Oscar L. Larsson / Sovereignty and Sovereign Powers in Global Governmentality
In: The Globality of Governmentality: Governing an Entangled World. . ed. /Jan Busse. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, p. 85-102 (The New International Relations)
Book chapter > peer review
Mitchell Dean; Daniel Zamora / The Last Man Takes LSD : Foucault and the End of Revolution.
London : Verso 2021, 256 p.
Book > peer review
Mitchell Dean; Daniel Zamora / Today, the Self is the Battlefield of Politics. Blame Michel Foucault
London : Guardian News and Media Ltd. 15.6.2021
Net publication - Internet publication
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 / Governmentality and Political Sociology
In: Introduction to Political Sociology. ed. /Benedikte Brincker. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2019, p. 73-92
Book chapter > peer review
Daniel Zamora; Mitchell Dean / La dernier homme et la fin de la revolution : Foucault apres Mai 68.
Montreal : Lux Editeur 2019, 224 p. (Futur proche)
Book > peer review
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