Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Deployment of Technologies of Rule Through Competitive Tendering and Contracting System: A Labour Market Program Case Study

Pendo Mwaiteleke.

First, the paper locates CTC as a central technology of rule deployed in the procurement and delivery of community based Labour Market Programs (LMPs). Then, it analyses a variety of neo-liberal mechanisms embedded in the contracting system currently in play in terms of shaping and normalising the behaviour of unemployed people. The paper is based on a Ph D research work undertaken with a Job Network Non-Government Organization funded to deliver LMPs in Peel region, Western Australia. The analysis draws from Foucault’s concepts of ‘reason of the state’ and ‘technologies of rule’. Also, this critical work makes use of Miller and Rose’s proposition about technologies of inscription and calculation aiding the exercise of power. The paper concludes with an argument that in trying to understand the impact of National Competition Policy in respect of delivery of human services, a critical project must explore at the coalface of program delivery, the way in which neo-liberal NCP knowledge systems shape and narrow down the scope for practice. In and through the practices of interrogating the dominant knowledge systems at this level, the author believes we are involved in the making of tomorrow’s world.


Pendo Mwaiteleke  (Australia)
Lecturer in Social Work & Social Policy
Curtin University of Technology

Pendo Mwaiteleke is a lecturer in the Department of Social Work & Social Policy at Curtin University of Technology. She has extensive experience in policy development and advocacy, community work, and case-management. She has worked with government institutions and the non-government sector for at least 10 years before joining academia five years ago. Her work has spanned a number of areas including Labour Market Programs, women’s health, multicultural, and the youth sector.

  • Labour Market Programs
  • Managerialism
  • National Competition Policy
  • Neo-liberalism
  • Governmentality
  • Competitive Tendering and Contracting
  • Technologies of rule
  • Mentalities of rule
  • Critical social policy

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)