Governing through personal assistance: a Bulgarian case

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This paper brings together concepts from the domains of disability studies, governmentality studies and Actor-Network Theory in order to develop a micro-level analysis of a scheme for the provision of personal assistance for disabled people, currently administered by the Sofia Municipality in Bulgaria. The workfare conditionality embedded in the scheme’s needs assessment procedure is highlighted and subjected to critique. The micro-level analysis is deployed on the background of wider, macro-level observations concerning the neoliberal mode of government and its relations to subjectivity and freedom. The conclusion suggests practical policy alternatives in line with the Independent Living philosophy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-103
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2017


  • disability policy
  • governmentality studies
  • independent living
  • neoliberalism
  • workfare

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