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  • 1.
    Olivius, Elisabeth
    et al.
    Umeå Universitet.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Making gender known: Assembling gender expertise in international organizations2022Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent decades, goals aiming to increase gender equality have been widely adopted in global policy-making. This has created a demand for specialized knowledge and evidence to support the design and implementation of gender equality policies. At the international level, multiple initiatives to produce pertinent knowledge that can strengthen gender equality have emerged, resulting in the production of so-called “gender expertise”. In this paper, we focus on a specific knowledge production initiative organized by the World Bank, the Gender Innovation Laboratories (GILs). While research has examined the position of gender experts and the content of gender expertise in international governance, it has overlooked how knowledge about gender relations is produced, and how this contributes to render gender known as a distinct object of knowledge and governance. In this paper, we draw on a practice-theoretical approach – assemblage thinking – to study the practical work mobilized in the GILs to produce, maintain and disseminate knowledge about gender relations. Drawing on interviews with lab researchers and on documents and online-material, we show how the production of gender expertise is dependent on the creation of suitable conditions for knowledge production, the translation of knowledge production into appropriate methodologies, and the packaging of knowledge in fixed dissemination formats. Overall, this paper seeks to contribute to the practice-theoretical literature on knowledge production as well as to discussions in feminist literature on the effects of the use of gender expertise in international governance.

  • 2.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    A theoretical exploration of the blending of governing logics in nonprofit organizations: Comparing neoinstitutional and poststructuralist theory2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Assemblage theory and method2021In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, E-ISSN 2002-066X, Vol. 58, no 1-2, p. 188-192Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Assembling politics: Understanding re-organization of public administration through assemblage thinking2022Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the last decade, the concept of assemblage has become increasingly popular in the social sciences. Originating in the philosophical work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, the concept aims to describe the world as a collection of unstable wholes – consisting of discourses, practices and material elements – that lack a universal organizing principle. The aim of this paper is to introduce the concept of assemblage in a Swedish political science context and to show its analytical potential. The historical background of the concept and how it has been translated into analytical strategies in current social science research is described. The paper argues that the concept of assemblage is particularly fruitful for studying the practical work required to put together policies, projects and reforms in concrete contexts. In order to illustrate the analytical potential of the concept, the construction and re-organization of the Swedish university hospital “nya Karolinska” is used as an empirical example. It is argued that the construction and re-organization of “nya Karolinska” was made possible through the laborious work of assembling a multitude of heterogeneous components and practices: standardized care models, private consulting expertise, material objects and knowledge production. In this way, it is shown that the construction and re-organization of “nya Karolinska” cannot be traced to a specific organizing principle, which is a central aspect of the anti-essentialist ontology of the concept of assemblage. The article concludes with a discussion on how the concept of assemblage can contribute to a vitalization of political analysis. Here, it is emphasized how the concept can be used as an analytical tool to make visible complex processes of composition and assembling that go beyond established hierarchies and dichotomies, and as a tool for analyzing how these processes always contain political elements of order and conflict.

     

     

  • 5.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Biståndets förändringsarbete hindras av projekt- och programtyranni2021Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 6.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Brutet förvaltningskontrakt: Om metastyrning av svensk biståndsförvaltning2023In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 125, no 1, p. 286-291Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Consultants as assemblers: Exploring development consultancy as consensus-based practice2021In: Coming of Age on Earth: Legacies and Next Generation Anthropology, 2021Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Consultants have taken on an increasingly important role to make improvement schemes come true in a variety of development contexts. Both independent contractors and large firms now undertake multiple roles in development projects, ranging from the role of trainers and advisors to evaluators and researchers. Although research has shown increasing interest in the practices deployed “on the ground” to make development policy real (e.g. Mosse, 2005; Rottenburg, 2009), there are few studies on the explicit role of consultants in this process. This paper explores the role of consultants as important assemblers of international development. Drawing on the concept of assemblage (Deleuze & Guattari, 2013), it is shown that consultants are central for the assembly of development projects as they act as translators and intermediaries between stakeholders. By using translation skills and capacities to make stakeholders aligned to development goals and policies as well as installing the necessary expertise to make development work happen, the practice of consultancy as an act of power is actualized. As consultants have the possibility to render mobile particular “travelling rationalities” (Mosse, 2011), which normalize technical and universal approaches to development, they mobilize a managerial way of imagining development work. Thus, this paper argues that the assembly work conducted by consultants must be critically explored from a power perspective.

     

  • 8.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    (Dis)assembling Development: Organizing Swedish Development Aid through Projectification2021Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The rolling out of governing arrangements related to marketization and managerialization has characterized contemporary societies over the last decades, signaling a radical change in how governance is organized. A particular form of governing that has been given impetus during this transformation is the project. In an era of “projectification”, politics is transformed into measurable and controllable activities that should be implemented during limited periods of time. The aim of this thesis is to explore how the project as an organizational form shapes Swedish development aid and makes it governable.

    By mobilizing the concept of assemblage, this thesis investigates how the project is constructed in order to govern development aid efforts and how it attains stability in contexts of tension. By studying how state funders, civil society organizations, and private consultants organize development aid through the project, the thesis shows that multiple components need to be assembled in order to form and sustain it. Thus, the work of brokers with the capacity to align the interests of different stakeholders, the mobilization of standardized work practices, the use of scientific approaches to control and evaluation, the construction of markets for project financing, and the mobilization of a particular form of project time are pivotal for the construction of the project.

    The assembling of these components transforms the project into a depoliticized form of governing in which marketization, expertise, and administrative procedures displace political and transformational ambitions. This depoliticization hampers the politicization of the colonial notions of rationality, logic, and linearity upon which the project rests. The thesis concludes that discourses of marketization, managerialization, and standardization constitute raw material from which an advanced neoliberal-modern project can be constructed. This form of governing arrangement requires attention and critique.

     

     

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  • 9.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Doing transformative and feminist work in the management era: Exploring adaptation to and resistance against managerial techniques of governing in a feminist nonprofit organization2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Enter the anti-politics machine?: Exploring conditions for emancipatory work in an era of marketization and management trends2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the last decades, marketization and management trends have become characteristic features in the field of international development cooperation. Economic ideals of efficiency and transparency have paved the way for the introduction of competitive principles in donor funding procedures, the integration of standardized models for constructing development interventions (e.g. LFA and RBM) and an increased focus on auditing, evaluation and reporting (e.g. Thörn, 2016; Follér, 2013; Mueller-Hirth, 2012). Furthermore, different services in the development aid sector are increasingly being outsourced to consultants who use the possibilities of call-offs by donors and other stakeholders. This paper, which is a snapshot of an ongoing PhD thesis, aims to explore the possible conflicts between these economic ideals of efficiency, and the emancipatory intentions in the development aid sector, especially from the perspective of Swedish CSOs working with rights-based approaches in various fields. This paper aims to present some tentative analyses of how the above mentioned practices constitute a form of governing aiming to incorporate CSOs in a neoliberal governmentality (cf. Dean, 2010; Miller & Rose, 2008), constructing these organizations “according to a specific image of the economic” (Brown, 2015, p. 10). With an intention of conducting an initial analysis of interviews and documents, collected from Swedish CSOs, the paper uses analytical concepts from governmentality theory to study political rationalities and technologies of governing (Dean, 2010). The idea here is to show how governing takes place “at a distance” with effects on how emancipatory work is enacted. However, the intention is not only to illuminate rationalities and technologies but also how these are contested through practices of politics (Li, 2007). The paper also touches upon the political consequences of the aid sector, and especially CSOs, being mobilized as vehicles for the reproduction of market and management rationalities in a post political society (cf. Mouffe, 2008; 2016).

     

  • 11.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Entering the World of Project Making: Mobilizing Assemblage Thinking to Unpack Projects as Political Constructions2023In: Projectification of Organizations, Governance and Societies: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Implications / [ed] Mats Fred; Sebastian Godenhjelm, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, p. 57-73Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Projects are often treated as “black boxes”, meaning coherent and stable standard models that are possible to use in the most divergent of contexts. However, projects are always the result of project making; a laborious process characterized by the reproduction and contestation of power relations. Displaying these characteristics, projects should be understood as political constructions that are built on acts of ordering in contested terrains. In this chapter, I mobilize assemblage thinking to study projects as dependent on the work of assembling heterogeneous components, such as people, documents, expertise, and models, in temporary formations. Taking the empirical example of development aid projects, I argue, firstly, that the assemblage framework can be translated into an innovative methodology of “following” the aid project as a “project bureaucracy” that is present in multiple organizational settings simultaneously. Secondly, I argue that the framework is useful for the analysis of the work being mobilized in order to keep the project bureaucracy together, including the construction and maintenance of cooperation, the activation of expertise, the creation of markets, and the organization of temporality. This analysis illustrates how project making erases political struggles and conflicts, thereby displacing politics to a technical realm of action.

  • 12.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Nyliberalism som rationalitet och polisiärt statsprojekt2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Projectifying environmentalism: Using the project format to organize green transition in Northern Sweden2023Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    As the global climate emergency steadily intensifies, urgent calls have been made for a transition to a more sustainable organization of society. As a result, an ambitious global environmental agenda, that puts sustainability and green transition in the forefront, is actively pursued across different levels of governance. Contemporary systems of governance can be characterized as thoroughly neoliberal, relying on organizational forms that build on market and management logics. A particular form of organization that has grown strong in these systems of governance is the project format. Project systems instituted by actors like the EU or domestic state agencies today proliferate and entail a particular bureaucratic apparatus of applications, reporting and evaluation. As the project format has evolved into a generic and universal form that can be used in a multitude of contexts, it has certainly not left the field of sustainability and green transition untouched. Rather, transition projects abound. This development can be understood in the light of an increasing depoliticization of environmental politics that comes to expression in the dominance of “a series of technologies of governing that fuse around consensus, agreement, accountancy metrics and technocratic environmental management” (Swyngedouw, 2009: 601). In this paper, I examine how the project format – understood as an expression of a depoliticizing logic in environmental politics – shapes and possibly transforms transition efforts. Empirically, I focus on transition projects implemented in the Northern regions of Sweden, in which large investments in green industries have given impetus to a plethora of transition projects in a wide variety of sectors. In this paper, I develop a theoretical framework for analyzing how the governing implicit in the project format shapes green transition efforts and how it limits the scope for politicizing the power relations underpinning the climate emergency.  

  • 14.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Resistance as political participation in the post-political region2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Characterizing features of the Swedish political system, especially at the local and the regional level, are the highly stated ambitions of political participation. In Sweden there have been attempts to increase political participation through “democratic innovations”, which indicates pluralism in the forms of political participation. However, there is a vast literature criticizing the lack of a concrete political content, meaning that liberal democracy is unable to offer political conflict dimensions. The content of politics is largely about consolidating a neoliberal model of political governance, thus leading to a state of “post politics” or “post democracy”. An expression for this is the implementation of “new public management” which have implied the marginalization of politics in favour of market solutions. This development has been seen as the hollowing out of democracy since issues of power and conflict, the very essence of politics,  have been marginalized from the political agenda.

    With Chantal Mouffe’s (2005) distinction of “the political” and “politics”, it can be claimed that “politics”, in the shape of the institutionalized forms for political practice, put up boundaries for what political issues that are included and excluded on the political agenda. This could stand in contrast with the actual desires of “the political” and puts up boundaries for what kind of political participation that is possible.

    Starting with this theoretical framework, the aim of the PhD project is to explore how people (citizens, activists, established politicians, public servants) position themselves against a post-political rationality from a regional perspective. One way of conceptualizing the concept of positioning is to think of it as resistance. The act of resistance is a widely researched subject, but an interest guiding this project is how resistance against a post-political rationality comes to expression from a regional perspective. Some issues of interests include: How do resistance come to expression through spontaneous non-intentional micro-practices in regional organizations? Under what circumstances do resistance destabilize and reproduce post-political rationalities? Can practices of resistance lead to a re-politicization of the regional level?

    The interest guiding the PhD project is to study the potentials of resistance to the post-political rationalities as a form of political participation in the regional context. In line with this, a PhD project which emphasizes other forms of political participation can offer an alternative to studies focusing on traditional forms of political participation. Furthermore, the regional focus can hopefully offer an opportunity to study this participation from a city-region perspective.

  • 15.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    The inevitability of management?: Resistance against neoliberal and managerial techniques of governing in Swedish civil society2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the recent decades new forms of governing, highly influenced by market logics, have emerged in the public administration of liberal democratic states. Often, these governing forms are gathered together under the umbrella term of “new public management” which is used to label management forms that emphasize privatization and marketization of public services. However, taking a power critical stance, these forms of governing can also be understood as an expression of a neoliberal rationality, structuring society, populations and subjects “according to a specific image of the economic” (Brown, 2015: 10). This form of rationality is not limited to public administration, but has also had spill-over effects on civil society. Research has shown that the effects of techniques related to the neoliberal rationality have created a civil society becoming more “business-like”, creating certain power and knowledge structures as well as neoliberal subjectivities (Maier et al., 2014). Furthermore, the neoliberal rationality has transformed civil society into “management bureaucracies” (Hall, 2012), meaning that civil society is subject to governing through managerial techniques such as auditing and performance measurement. From the perspective of radical democracy (e.g. Mouffe, 2008; Brown, 2015), this is problematic since the civil society’s role as a politicizing actor, that actively critiques power structures, becomes undermined by a neoliberal discourse, placing co-workers in civil society organizations into the subject position of “management bureaucrats”. Possibly, this could create resistance and conflict in civil society. This paper aims to present a theoretical and methodological framework for studying resistance in Swedish civil society organizations, specifically NGOs implicated in Swedish international development cooperation, against neoliberal and managerial techniques of governing, thus challenging the stipulated “truth” that the introduction of management techniques is inevitable.

  • 16.
    Scott, David
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    The never-ending project: Exploring the assembling of projects in Swedish development aid2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The introduction of practices related to marketization and new public management (NPM) has had profound effects in various policy areas during recent decades (Hood, 1991). While the repertoire of practices and reforms related to this transformation is broad, this paper takes its point of departure in the particular practice of projectification as it has been deployed as a way of organizing different policy areas, often as a way of making these more effective according to the central tenets of NPM. Development aid is an area which has been characterized by the use of projects as a way of organizing different forms of development work, ranging from improving health services to making public administration more effective and democratic. Projectification implies a range of other specific practices for organizations that use projects as their primary work form, such as partaking in competitive project funding arrangements and adapting to requirements on using particular planning models and reporting schemes.

    In this paper, which is an ongoing PhD thesis, I explore how different actors deploy various market and management practices to make projects functional. By mobilizing the concept of assemblage (Deleuze & Guattari, 1987; Higgins & Larner, 2017; Clarke et al. 2015; Li, 2007), I will explore how projects are outcomes of the assembling and pulling together of various heterogeneous elements, such as artefacts, human desires and practices. By gathering data among state funders, civil society organizations and consultants, I study how these actors assemble different elements to make projects provisional wholes. Firstly, I investigate how the project logic plays out between state funders and civil society organizations as the latter try to fulfill requirements stipulated in application and reporting instructions and guidelines. These processes are characterized by messy practices of translation and adaptations to technical guidelines that encourage the designers of projects to adhere to the simplification of reality through, for example, the formulation of goals, indicators and quantifiable outcomes in standardized templates. Secondly, I explore how the formulation and implementation of projects are dependent on knowledge and expertise that are part of the assembling of projects. Therefore, I look into how consultant expertise, such as knowledge in auditing, different methodologies and facilitation of learning, is used to make projects function. This consultant expertise is dependent on the construction of markets in order to subject the dissemination of knowledge to a buy-and-sell logic.

    In a second part, I explore the effects of the assembling of projects in development aid by discussing how projectification implies a process of “rendering technical” (Li, 2007) which makes development work depoliticized in various ways. In addition, projectification implies a reproduction of colonial notions of logic, rationality and objectivity, thus legitimating the “coloniality of power” (Quijano, 2000).

  • 17.
    Scott, David
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013). Försvarshögskolan.
    Brandow, Carina
    Försvarshögskolan.
    Hobbins, Jennifer
    Försvarshögskolan.
    Nilsson, Sofia
    Försvarshögskolan.
    Enander, Ann
    Försvarshögskolan.
    Capturing the citizen perspective in crisis management exercises: Possibilities and challenges2015In: International Journal of Emergency Services, ISSN 2047-0894, E-ISSN 2047-0908, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 86-102Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – Supporting and communicating with citizens is a vital part of societal crisis management.Training exercises may offer an opportunity to develop capabilities among managers in this regard.The purpose of this paper is to examine this potential in an analysis of how citizens were portrayed andperceived by participants in a major crisis management exercise.

    Design/methodology/approach – Observation, document analysis and short interviews during theexercise were used as data collection methods. Data were subjected to thematic analysis to capture corethemes in relation to the research aim.

    Findings – Patterns in how citizens’ reactions were portrayed in the exercise were identified to form acitizen behaviour typology. Observations during the exercise also demonstrated some of the challenges inincorporating the citizen perspective. However, findings regarding the perception of the citizen perspectivealso demonstrate the ability of exercise participants to meet and respond to public behaviours with respectand seriousness.

    Originality/value – Variation is an important condition for learning in exercises, and the identifiedtypology is suggested as a starting point for achieving this in incorporation of the citizen perspective intraining scenarios. The results of the study are discussed in terms of a learning framework with the aim ofexplicitly developing crisis managers’ ability to interact and communicate with citizens in crisis situations.

  • 18.
    Scott, David
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Enander, Ann
    Swedish Defence University.
    Postpandemic nightmare: A framing analysis of authorities and narcolepsy victims in Swedish press2017In: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, ISSN 0966-0879, E-ISSN 1468-5973, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 91-102Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to explore the framing of victims and authorities in Swedishpress during the narcolepsy crisis, occurring in the aftermath of the A(H1N1) vaccinationcampaign. Reporting from five major newspapers was analysed using an inductiveand a deductive frame of analysis. The inductive analysis showed that the focus in thereporting on victims was their struggles in everyday life, coping with the disease, whilethe focus regarding authorities was on criticism and accountability. The deductive analysisrevealed the use of a number of framing devices that reinforced the view of victimsas vulnerable and authorities as deserving criticism. The underlying significance of themedia portrayal and the implications from a crisis communication perspective are discussed.

  • 19.
    Scott, David
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Olivius, Elisabeth
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Making Gender Known: Assembling Gender Expertise in International Organizations2023In: International Studies Quarterly, ISSN 0020-8833, E-ISSN 1468-2478, Vol. 67, no 2, article id sqad035Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent decades, gender equality goals have been adopted widely in global policymaking, creating a demand for specialized knowledge and evidence to support the design and implementation of gender equality policies. Bridging feminist scholar- ship on gender expertise and practice–theoretical literature on knowledge production, this article examines a knowledge production initiative of the World Bank, the Gender Innovation Laboratories (GILs). While research has examined the po- sition of gender experts and the content of gender expertise in global governance, it has overlooked how knowledge about gender is produced. In this paper, we use a practice–theoretical approach—assemblage thinking —to study the practical work mobilized in the GILs to produce, maintain, and disseminate knowledge about gender inequality. Drawing on interviews with lab researchers, documents, and online materials, and focusing on the epistemic practice of impact evaluations, our analysis demonstrates the work invested in assembling them, such as forging alignments with and securing support among stakehold- ers, activating repertoires of expertise, and translating results into material objects. These practices produce gender inequality as a governance object, which is amenable to technical policy interventions, which facilitates certain forms of action to address it. Yet, they simultaneously silence more political solutions to gender inequalities.

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  • 20.
    Scott, David
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Rönnblom, Malin
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Projectifying feminism: Exploring the conditions for feminist politics in international development aid2022In: European Journal of Politics and Gender, ISSN 2515-1088, E-ISSN 2515-1096, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 250-266Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As an organisational form, the project poses a challenge today for the possibility of articulating feminist politics, understood as feminist visions and ambitions. With a focus on women’s organisations working in international development aid, we examine how the project format and its managerial attributes shape the possibility of articulating feminist politics. Mobilising assemblage thinking on a material consisting mainly of interviews with project workers in women’s organisations, we show that these organisations engage in assembly work to fit their activism with the project format, such as translating feminist ambitions into bureaucratic procedures and notions of temporality, activating repertoires of expertise, and adopting marketised approaches to development. We conclude that the project format depoliticises feminist politics, although it does not make the articulation of feminist ambitions impossible. Assemblage thinking is suggested as a suitable framework for feminist research when investigating how contemporary governing arrangements influence the articulation of feminist politics.

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  • 21.
    Scott, David
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Rönnblom, Malin
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Projektifierad feminism: En studie av kvinnoorganisationers hantering av projektformens krav och förväntningar2023Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna rapport är en populärvetenskaplig sammanfattning av en vetenskaplig artikel vars publicering möjliggjorts av stöd från MUCF. Artikeln tar sitt avstamp i den långtgående ”projektifiering” som präglar styrning och organisering av såväl offentlig sektor som civilsamhället. I artikeln studeras projektifieringens effekter särskilt med avseende på hur kvinnoorganisationer påverkas av att arbeta i projektform. Genom att följa hur ett flertal kvinnoorganisationer interagerar med projektformens livsfaser – ansökningsfasen, implementerings- och rapporteringsfasen samt utvärderingsfasen – framgår hur dessa lägger ned ett omfattande arbete för att anpassa och översätta sin egen verksamhet i relation till projektformens särskilda krav. Detta arbete präglas av en anpassning till en teknokratisk logik vilket avpolitiserar den feministiska aktivism som kvinnoorganisationer ägnar sig åt. Projektformens effekter för hur politiskt arbete i civilsamhället bedrivs bör därför noggrant beaktas.

  • 22.
    Scott, David
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Öjehag-Pettersson, Andreas
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).
    Assemblage thinking and Political Science: An exploration of the contribution of assemblage thinking to political analysis2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Under det senaste decenniet har ”arrangemangstänkande” (assemblage thinking) vunnit mark i antropologiska och kulturgeografiska studier av hur politikområden och policyer blir till genom processer av sammansättning (Larner & Higgins, 2017; Clarke et al. 2015). Med ursprung i filosofen Gilles Deleuzes och psykoanalytikern Félix Guattaris (1985) arbeten, har begreppet assemblage, i betydelsen sammansättning eller arrangemang, tagits upp av policyforskare för att studera hur policyer i en mängd olika politikområden kan sägas vara resultat av komplexa processer av att föra samman fysiska artefakter, praktiker, diskurser och mänskliga aktiviteter till instabila helheter. Ett bidrag som arrangemangstänkande gör till studiet av policyers uppkomst är att undersöka processen att sätta ihop och föra samman, vilket i många fall innefattar tolkning och översättning, mäkleri mellan olika intressen, inkorporering av globala ”best practices”, och utnyttjandet av konsultexpertis (McCann, 2011). Arrangemangstänkandet såsom det har använts för att analysera så disparata områden som utbildning (Savage & Lewis, 2018), hemlöshet (Baker & McGuirk, 2017) och gemensam användning av naturresurser (Murray Li, 2007), har uppstått som en reaktion mot den mer vanliga traditionen ”policy transfer” som utvecklats inom statsvetenskapen och inom vilken policyskapandets dynamiska och komplexa process åsidosätts (Peck & Theodore, 2015). I detta paper diskuteras hur arrangemangstänkande kan användas inom ramen för policyanalys och i kombination med statsvetenskapens intresse för analys av maktrelationer i policy-skapandet. Vi menar att arrangemangstänkande bidrar till att berika policyanalysen teoretiskt och metodologiskt och att även den statsvetenskapliga maktanalysen kan utvecklas med hjälp av detta tänkande. Vårt resonemang illustreras genom två olika sätt att mobilisera arrangemangstänkande empiriskt, dels genom en pågående studie om hur biståndsprojekt kan ses som produkter av sammansättning samt en tidigare studie av hur regionalpolitik kan förstås som ett arrangemang i betydelsen objekt för styrning.

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