The government of an ‘economy’ and the emergence of a ‘bioeconomy’

As Peter Miller and I have argued elsewhere, the government of an “economy” becomes possible only through discursive mechanisms that represent the domain to be governed as an intelligible field with its limits, characteristics whose component parts are linked together in some more or less systematic manner (Miller and Rose 1990). For the bioeconomy to emerge as a space to be mapped, managed, and understood, it needs to be conceptualized as a set of processes and relations that are amenable to knowledge, that can be known and theorized, that can become the field or target of programs that seek to evaluate and increase the power of nations or corporations by acting within and upon that economy.

Nikolas Rose, The Politics of Life Itself, Pg 33, Princeton University Press


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