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dc.contributor.authorGJERDE, Lars Erik L.
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-12T14:34:51Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationEuropean societies, 2021, Vol. 23, No. Sup1, pp. S262-S274en
dc.identifier.issn1461-6696
dc.identifier.issn1469-8307
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1814/68565
dc.descriptionPublished online: 22 Sep 2020en
dc.descriptionSpecial issue on European Societies in the Time of the Coronavirus Crisisen
dc.description.abstractIn this text, I investigate the Norwegian government’s two responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, utilizing a Foucauldian discourse analysis. The pandemic forces us to ask questions about political leadership – about how successful political programmes appear to be, as well as the rationalities underpinning them. I will focus upon the latter and find the Norwegian government to have initially articulated a liberal rationality that was later replaced by a biopolitical one. The former entails perceiving the pandemic as a phenomenon to be handled through a laissez-faire approach, by leaving things free to run their natural course. The latter revolves around discarding this liberalism in favour of an interventionist approach that restricts freedoms and economic progress in favour of safeguarding the health of the population. I investigate the links between the laissez-faire discourse and the government’s initial hesitation, as well as the biopolitical discourse and the draconian measures and contradictions between these two approaches.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledge ; Eureopan Sociological Asssociationen
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessen
dc.subjectCovid-19en
dc.subjectCOVID-19en
dc.subjectCoronavirusen
dc.subjectNorwayen
dc.subjectBiopoliticsen
dc.subjectDiscourse analysisen
dc.subjectLiberalismen
dc.titleFrom liberalism to biopolitics : investigating the Norwegian government's two responses to Covid-19en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14616696.2020.1824003
dc.identifier.volume23
dc.identifier.startpageS262
dc.identifier.endpageS274
dc.identifier.issueSup1
dc.embargo.terms2022-03-22
dc.date.embargo2022-03-22


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