By Joel T. Shelton
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The role of the state is to create and preserve an institutional framework appropriate to such practices. Neoliberalism is not just a set of economic policies oriented to the market – its governmental ambitions extend beyond economic reforms; indeed, ‘neoliberalism carries a social analysis that, when deployed as a form of governmentality, reaches from the soul of the citizen-subject to education policy to practices of empire’ (Brown 2005: 40). Despite contemporary appeals to the invisible hand of the market, the neoliberal imaginary embodies considerable anxieties about the conditions of possibility for prosperity, order, and stability in political-economic life.
To paraphrase Foucault, governance cannot be reduced to a theory of right or the application of law – conditionality as a technique of governance is concerned with the conduct of conduct. The claim is not that all such interventions succeed – merely that they are integral to the ambition of consolidating a cohesive political economy of Europe capable of delivering prosperity, Introduction: Conditionality in Crisis? 23 order, and stability in the name of a political project that has been built in and through crisis.
In the context of an official discourse that remains preoccupied with persistently high levels of unemployment and the ever-present potential Introduction: Conditionality in Crisis? 21 for a resumption of inter-ethnic violence, the EU has in recent years increasingly problematized employment, education and training, and social inclusion and linked the transformation of these fields of activity to the accession process through a program known as the Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007–2013 (OP-HRD), which provides EU funding for the development of ‘human resources’ in the Republic of Macedonia.