, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 315-317
Date: 02 Nov 2012

Jodi Dean: Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies. Communicative Capitalism and Left Politics

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Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies situates contemporary social trends within transatlantic political cultures. Jodi Dean acknowledges that the work began as a series of replies to particular political problems of the George W. Bush administration, which were the subject of separate publication or presentation. Despite this, Dean has been able to produce a work which has a clearly articulated theme that argues the success of neoliberalism is due, at least in part, to the absence of a coherent opposition.

Neoliberalism’s rise to popularity is often attributed to the various global financial crises of the late 1970s and early 1980s (Harvey 2005), in combination with a feeling that the social democratic era of government had failed to deliver on promises of equality and financial stability (Lowe 1999). In this context, neoliberals took an opportunity to undermine a failing and vulnerable social democratic ideology. However, Dean attributes the ability of neoliberalism to achieve popu ...