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Öjehag-Pettersson, AndreasORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-4820-278X
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Mitander, T., Säll, L. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2017). Det urbana rummets in- och utsidor: Teoretiska utmaningar för forskning om urban politik. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 119(3), 389-412
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det urbana rummets in- och utsidor: Teoretiska utmaningar för forskning om urban politik
2017 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 119, no 3, p. 389-412Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to contribute to new thinking regarding research on urban politics in, and beyond, Sweden. We do this by arguing for a multi-disciplinary conversation on space, politics and governance, building on theoretical developments in disciplines such as geography, sociology and political theory. By developing a conceptual understanding of space as relational, the political in terms of contingency, and governance as governmentality we suggest that the concept of ‘the urban’ could be theorized and analyzed as a governmental assemblage. This approach opens up for new questions regarding where urban politics takes place, how it govern us and with what efects. One important implication of this proposed approach is that the urban produce both insides and outsides relationally and hence that the urban also can be studied out side cities and city regions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: , 2017
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66756 (URN)
Available from: 2018-03-21 Created: 2018-03-21 Last updated: 2018-03-28Bibliographically approved
Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2017). Working for Change: Projectified Politics and Gender Equality. NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 25(3), 163-178
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Working for Change: Projectified Politics and Gender Equality
2017 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 163-178Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I argue that the project, a governmental technology that is now widespread and accepted throughout the public sector, is not a neutral tool for implementing policy and conducting politics. Rather, my argument is that this form is intrinsically political in so far as it produces disruptions and sets boundaries for how any given task is to be performed. By mobilizing a set of optical metaphors from feminist theory of difference, I examine organizations that work for gender equality in Swedish regional development and illustrate how the governmental technology of the project reflects, refracts, and diffracts the practices associated with this work. Thus, I argue that if one wishes to understand contemporary gender-equality work, it is reasonable to consider the specific effects that are produced as it passes through the project form. The short empirical illustrations given here indicate, among other things, how the project form functions in some respects as a mirror, and reflects aspects of gender-equality work that are commonly experienced regardless of form or setting, such as encountering resistance. In other respects, the project form refracts gender-equality work, bending it into new directions so that, for instance, securing funds and coming up with new innovative project plans takes precedence over the actual work that respondents feel they should be doing. Finally, the intersection of gender-equality work and the project form also produces diffraction effects, such as the emergence of hybrid consultants. These multi-faceted figures function as evaluators, controllers, activists, and disseminators of knowledge, which makes them simultaneously important to and disdained by the respondents in this study. Thus, it is concluded that the disruptive effects of the project form should be recognized as political and studied more extensively in the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65927 (URN)10.1080/08038740.2017.1370011 (DOI)000416769700002 ()
Available from: 2018-01-25 Created: 2018-01-25 Last updated: 2018-03-28Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T., Säll, L. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2015). Hired Guns: Consultants and Expertise in Regional Governance. In: Lesa Reynolds (Ed.), Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Regional Studies Association (RSA), Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability. Piacenza, Italy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hired Guns: Consultants and Expertise in Regional Governance
2015 (English)In: Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability / [ed] Lesa Reynolds, Piacenza, Italy, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piacenza, Italy: , 2015
Keyword
Assemblage; Space; Power; Politics
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36138 (URN)978-1-897721-50-6 (ISBN)
Conference
Annual Conference of the Regional Studies Association (RSA), Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability
Available from: 2015-05-31 Created: 2015-05-31 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Säll, L. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2015). Hired Guns: Traveling Expertise, Innovation and Global Assemblages. In: : . Paper presented at 56:th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), Global IR and Regional Worlds: A New Agenda for International Studies 18-21 feb, New Orleans Louisiana. New Orleans, USA
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hired Guns: Traveling Expertise, Innovation and Global Assemblages
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New Orleans, USA: , 2015
Keyword
Power; The Political; Regionalism; Global Governance; Expertise
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36137 (URN)
Conference
56:th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), Global IR and Regional Worlds: A New Agenda for International Studies 18-21 feb, New Orleans Louisiana
Available from: 2015-05-31 Created: 2015-05-31 Last updated: 2015-07-01Bibliographically approved
Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2015). Space Craft: Globalization and Governmentality in Regional Development. (Doctoral dissertation). Karlstad: Karlstads universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Space Craft: Globalization and Governmentality in Regional Development
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores two related purposes. First, it theoretically investigates how the broad literature on globalization is nested in debates concerning the nature of concepts such as space and territory. When doing so, it suggests that studies of globalization can be advanced by escaping territorialist understandings where the nation state is reproduced as a natural arena appropriate for studying all aspects of ‘the social’.

The theoretical part of the thesis is used as a basis for articulating a framework for empirical studies that rest upon a conceptual grammar fashioned through a combination of so called assemblage thinking and governmentality analysis. This framework is then put to work as the second, empirical, purpose of the thesis is pursued. More precisely this means that the governance of Swedish regional development is analyzed as an assemblage of discourses, practices and subjects where (re)production of globalization occurs.

The (re)production of globalization is studied in three interrelated case studies, all based on a corpus of 81 documents pertaining to the governance of Swedish regional development. By paying attention to how power operates in terms of political rationalities, governmental technologies and the production of social actors, the thesis shows how notions of a perpetual and omnipresent global competition marks the assemblage with particularly salient modes of rationale. Specifically, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity are represented as the primary means for becoming competitive in the age of globalization, and it is shown here how this have inclusionary and exclusionary effects in terms of desired social actors throughout Swedish regions. The thesis then ends with a concluding chapter where the current regimes of regional development are identified as complex forms of neoliberal rule with far reaching effects for democratic principles and practices.

Abstract [en]

In an age often understood as globalized, questions of space and territory are pushed to the forefront of political rule. This thesis explores how contemporary regimes of governing are not only practices of ‘state craft’, but also ‘space craft’ as power operates in relation to perpetual and encompassing notions of global competition among states, regions and subjects.

In the thesis a conceptual grammar based on so called assemblage thinking and governmentality studies is put forward in order to investigate how globalization is articulated as a problem for governing regional development in Sweden. It is shown how this is nested in specific political rationalities and governmental technologies that emerge in attempts to produce competitiveness.

By approaching the governance of regional development as an assemblage, a vibrant junction of discourses, practices and subjects, the thesis shows how political analysis can rid it self from notions of methodological nationalism, or in other words, a reification of the nation-state as the most appropriate scale for the study of social relations. When doing so it also highlights how complex forms of neoliberal rule lies at the heart of regional development, posing challenges for democratic principles and practices throughout the world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2015. p. 309
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2015:23
Keyword
Assemblage, Space, Territory, Multimodal Discourse Analysis, Innovation, Competitiveness
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35786 (URN)978-91-7063-639-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-05-22, Sjöströmsalen, 1B 309, Karlstad University, Karlstad, 10:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-04-30 Created: 2015-04-09 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2014). In the Midst of the Global Sub-national: Rationalities, Technologies and Subjects In Swedish Regional Governance. In: : . Paper presented at Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) 9th International Conference, 'Governance and Beyond', Wageningen, Holland, 3-5 July 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>In the Midst of the Global Sub-national: Rationalities, Technologies and Subjects In Swedish Regional Governance
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The ’global’ is often articulated as a particular level of space situated at the highest tier of a hierarchical order that has its other extreme point in the local. In such models globalization becomes a process, or indeed a force, that shapes and reconfigures other levels of space such as the national. What is more, integrated with the conceptualization of the ‘global’ as a level of space is often a view of globalization as a phenomenon primarily constituted by a range of different flows of for instance immigrants, capital and information (Castells, 1999; Holton, 2005, Held & McGrew, 2007).

This paper departs from a different understanding as it investigates how globalization is (re)produced in a particular form of space. Here, space is understood to be relational (Massey, 1994; 2005), meaning that I do not consider the ‘global’ to be a level on its own, rather I theorize the global, like all other forms of spaces, as produced through a myriad of social practices and relations.

Given such an understanding of globalization an interesting development the last decades has been a resurgence of sub-national regions. In the literature this newfound focus on regions within national polities is often articulated as means for competitiveness (Säll, 2012; Keating, 2003). All around the world regions are engaged in a large number of practices that aims to foster competitiveness and growth in order to deal with the perceived challenges of globalization. Hence, so-called clusters, innovation systems and programs for variegated forms of creativity are now everyday features of sub-national regional governance (Florida, 2012; Porter, 1998).

Therefore, rather than studying national space, in this paper I show how sub-national regional governance is an important site for discursive production of globalization. Instead of focusing on how different flows affects individual regions, the priority here is on the regime of practice that is sub-national regional governance in a wider sense. Utilizing a governmentality approach (Miller & Rose, 2008; Dean, 2010) the paper investigates a corpus of documents pertaining to Swedish regional governance using a mixed set of techniques from Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Post-Structuralist Discourse Theory (PDT). The results highlight how the ‘global’ rationality is (re)produced in the Swedish case and how this together with a number of governmental technologies produces desired and undesired regional subjects.   

Keyword
Governmentality, Globalization, Regions, Discourse Analysis, Assemblage
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science; Sociology; Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34602 (URN)
Conference
Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) 9th International Conference, 'Governance and Beyond', Wageningen, Holland, 3-5 July 2014
Available from: 2014-11-14 Created: 2014-11-14 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2014). In the Midst of the Global Sub-national: Rationalities, Technologies and Subjects in Swedish Regional Governance. In: : . Paper presented at ISA 55th Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 26-29, 2014 'Spaces and Places: Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization'.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>In the Midst of the Global Sub-national: Rationalities, Technologies and Subjects in Swedish Regional Governance
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper studies the discursive construction of globalization as a particular form of rationale in sub-national regional development. As such it departs from an understanding of space as relational and holds that globalization can be theorized as a reconfiguration of the spatial aspects of our social relations (Massey, 1994, 2005). Therefore, it is argued here, to investigate globalization is to investigate aspects of the multiplicity of social relations that (re)produces the phenomenon. Using a governmentality framework (Dean, 2010) I trace how globalization is discursively (re)produced within a particular regime of practice, namely regional development in Sweden. Adopting such a framework and relating it to this instance of space enables novel interpretations of how globalization not only legitimizes certain practices but also how this in turn (re)articulates the concept, giving it specific meanings and features. At the same time it is shown here how this articulation produces and delimits social actors within the regions, illustrating concrete effects of globalization.

Keyword
Development; Globalization; Localization; Space; Discourse Analysis; Regions
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science; Human Geography; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34579 (URN)
Conference
ISA 55th Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 26-29, 2014 'Spaces and Places: Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization'
Available from: 2014-11-11 Created: 2014-11-11 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2014). Producing Globalization:: Legitimizing Regional Governance Regimes. In: Elizabeth Mitchell (Ed.), Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories. Paper presented at Regional Studies Association Annual European Conference, Izmir, Turkey, June 2014, 'Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories (pp. 103). Regional Studies Association
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Producing Globalization:: Legitimizing Regional Governance Regimes
2014 (English)In: Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories / [ed] Elizabeth Mitchell, Regional Studies Association , 2014, p. 103-Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the discursive construction of globalization as a particular form of rationale in sub-national regional development. As such it departs from an understanding of space as relational and holds that globalization can be theorized as a reconfiguration of the spatial aspects of our social relations (Massey, 1994, 2005). Therefore, it is argued here, to investigate globalization is to investigate aspects of the multiplicity of social relations that (re)produces the phenomenon.

Here I depart from an instance of space that has not often been used as a basis for understanding articulations of globalization, namely the sub-national region. Using a governmentality framework (Dean, 2010) I trace how globalization is discursively (re)produced within regional governance in Sweden, focusing on the practices, technologies and rationalities that constitutes this regime.

More specifically, in terms of empiric material, I analyze a broad corpus of Regional Governance Documents (RGD) as well as the wide production of reports that was the outcome of Sweden’s so called Globalization Council. Methodologically the analysis is situated within the aforementioned framework of governmentality studies (Dean, 2010; Miller & Rose, 2008). This framework is then used as a point of departure for a form of discourse analysis that combines concepts from both Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Post-structuralist Discourse Theory (PDT). 

This alignment of theory, methodology and empiric material enables me to produce three main areas of findings. First, by illustrating how globalization is framed in the regional governance documents as intertwined with notions of competition, growth and competitiveness I am able to demonstrate how this discursively legitimizes and fosters a certain range of practices. A particularly salient finding is how the documents contain articulations of a perspective of globalization that renders the phenomenon as more or less a natural force that is unavoidable and unchangeable. Second, in terms of relational space the discursive legitimization also contributes to the production of globalization in other forms of space, hence reinforcing general neo-liberal traits of the phenomenon that extends to regions, nations and continents around the world. Third, the paper also shows how the methodological framework that is used proved particularly fruitful in this case. Therefore, some time is spent reflecting on the possible benefits of combining CDA, PDT and governmentality and I argue that such multi-perspectival approaches are needed to illustrate the complex relay system of practices that produces globalization and regional governance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Regional Studies Association, 2014
Keyword
Governmentality, Globalization, Regions, Discourse Analysis, Assemblage
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Human Geography; Political Science; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34583 (URN)978-1-897721-47-6 (ISBN)
Conference
Regional Studies Association Annual European Conference, Izmir, Turkey, June 2014, 'Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories
Available from: 2014-11-12 Created: 2014-11-12 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2013). Competition and desire:: regional development, citizenship and the struggle for attention. In: : . Paper presented at Equality, Growth and Innovation: In Theory and Practice, Luleå, Sweden, 9-10 October 2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Competition and desire:: regional development, citizenship and the struggle for attention
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the discourse of regional competitiveness through the lens of citizenship and what can be understood as desired regional inhabitants. The concept of citizenship will be used as an analytical tool for studying power structures that is connected to processes of forming regional spaces and subjectivities.  We investigate the notions of citizenship present in the highly influential theories concerning the ‘creative class’ first introduced by Richard Florida. Departing from a general framework of governmentaliy we understand the regional development as a regime practice with particular rationalities and technologies. We argue that the general rationality of globalization and regional competition produces certain representations of citizenship and that regions deploy different techniques in order to attract what they perceive as desired citizens.

We then proceed by illustrating how the rationalities present in the theories of the creative class are manifested within regional development plans in the Nordic countries and how they get concrete effects in terms of citizenship. In a concluding section we turn to discussing the implications in terms of inclusion/exclusion, equality and democracy

Keyword
Regional Development, Creative Class, Citizenship. Gender, Critique
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Gender Studies; Political Science; Human Geography; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34609 (URN)
Conference
Equality, Growth and Innovation: In Theory and Practice, Luleå, Sweden, 9-10 October 2013
Available from: 2014-11-17 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T., Säll, L. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (Eds.). (2013). Det regionala samhällsbyggandets praktiker: Tiden, makten, rummet. Göteborg: Daidalos
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det regionala samhällsbyggandets praktiker: Tiden, makten, rummet
2013 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013
National Category
Social Sciences Humanities
Research subject
Political Science; Sociology; Human Geography; History; Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28765 (URN)
Available from: 2013-08-27 Created: 2013-08-27 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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