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Managerialism: A Critique of an Ideology by T. Klikauer

By T. Klikauer

Most folk understand what administration is yet frequently humans have imprecise principles approximately Manageralism. This ebook introduces Manageralism and its ideology as a colonising venture that has infiltrated approximately each eventuality of human society.

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By their very content they disallow any transcendence of the managerial orbit of dialogue and action. Simultaneously, challenging concepts set against Managerialism are repelled, reduced, or made to work for Managerialism when redefined by instrumental rationality. 151 Their common feature is an anti-theoretical and onedimensional version of empiricism extended to the treatment of concepts and individuals. Meaning has been restricted to a representation of Managerialism as Ideology 37 managerial operations and individual behaviours in order to be supportive of Managerialism.

103 2 Managerialism as Ideology A comfortable, smooth, reasonable, democratic unfreedom prevails in the managerial society as a token of material-commercial progress. Indeed, what could be more rational than the suppression of individuality under the ‘managerialisation of everything’? Managerialisation – making something managerial – turns every eventuality of human existence into a manageable issue. Simultaneously, it standardises everything while promising individualism and individuality. 104 The resulting managerial society is governed by a painful demand for performance inflicted on everyone.

Under Managerialism, society is engulfed by total mobilisation while Managerialism’s missionary character demands that nobody can be excluded and all must adhere to its ideas and concepts. 171 This total mobilisation takes shape in all spheres of managerial societies. It creates a managerial union by combining some features of former welfare-states with those of Managerialism. This indeed creates a ‘new managerial society’. Traditional trouble spots are being cleaned out, marginalised, successfully isolated or integrated while disrupting elements are eradicated.

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