Messy Grand Narrative or Analytical Blind Spot? When Speaking of Neoliberalism
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A Brief History of Neoliberalism D. Harvey Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005
Internalizing Globalization: The Rise of Neoliberalism and the Decline of National Varieties of Capitalism S. Soederberg, G. Menz, and P. G. Cerny Palgrave, Hampshire, 2005
Showcasing Globalisation? The Political Economy of the Irish Republic N. J. Smith Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2005
As shorthand for giving conceptual definition to the global ascent of a balder, market-centric political logic, ‘neoliberalism’ will perhaps inevitably be invoked in ways that suggest an all too neat doctrinal coherence.1 The use of the term risks two distinct pitfalls. The first is the overly reductive use of a necessarilyreductive term, where its expanse becomes so broad, its implications and effects so monolithic and totalizing, that the fact of its different articulations is occluded; or sidelined as ‘merely’ a matter of rhetoric. The principal risk here is that this inculcates a mode of...
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