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On the will to ignorance in bureaucracy

McGoey, Linsey (2007) 'On the will to ignorance in bureaucracy.' Economy and Society, 36 (2). 212 - 235. ISSN 0308-5147

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Abstract

Drawing on narrative interviews with psychiatrists and health analysts in Britain, the article provides an analysis of debates over the safety of SSRI antidepressants such as Prozac and Seroxat. The focus of the article is on what I describe, drawing on Foucault, Nietzsche, Niklas Luhmann and Michael Power, as a 'will to ignorance' within regulatory bureaucracies which works to circumvent a regulator's ability to carry out its explicit aims and goals. After a description of the regulatory processes that have influenced the efforts of patients and practitioners to reach conclusions on the risks and benefits of antidepressants, I conclude by suggesting that the article's analysis of the regulation of SSRIs carries theoretical insights for the study of regulation and bureaucracy in general.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: antidepressants; regulation; Nietzsche; Luhmann; strategic ignorance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 09:28
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2019 09:28
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23912

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