Michel Feher: The Governed in Politics

Neither apolitical nor governmental, to be involved in politics without aspiring to govern… such are the constraint that delineate the condition common to all practitioners of nongovernmental politics […] Nongovernmental politics can be envisioned as encompassing the political involvements of the governed, or better still, as the politics in which the governed as such are involved […] what all these activists all have in common is that they are driven by a shared determination not to be governed thusly. In other words, what specifically concerns ng activists is not who governs – who is in charge, for whose benefit, and to what alleged end – but how government is exercised.

Introduction chapter in: Michel Feher (ed.), Nongovernmental Politics, New York: Zone Books, 2007

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