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Stories of Progressive Institutional Change

Challenges to the Neoliberal Economy

  • Deborah M.¬†Figart

About this book

Introduction

This Palgrave Pivot presents a series of political economy short stories of collective agency, weaving together the history of a progressive change with a discussion of the role of institutions to effect change. These stories highlight sustained activism around valuing caring, ending discrimination, protecting the environment, improving worker well-being, and reimagining ways to encourage local economic development by restoring public-private social balance. Ultimately, these stories demonstrate that challenges to the neoliberal economy are possible. Neoliberalism can be viewed as a value structure that is undermining sustainable human development by elevating the level of risk experienced in daily economic life. Its hallmarks are globalization, market liberalization, deregulation, financialization, cutbacks in social provisioning through the public sector, and restructuring of labor markets in ways that increase instability. Social movements have responded, agitating for change. The stories here provide examples of how social actors engage in collective behavior to advance the objectives of economic justice, democratic participation in economic life, and human development. 

Keywords

American Time Use Survey time use Social movements Coalition of Immokalee Workers service workers Restaurant Opportunities Centers United minimum wage precariat Schedules That Work Act

Authors and affiliations

  • Deborah M.¬†Figart
    • 1
  1. 1.Stockton UniversityGallowayUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59779-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59778-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59779-9
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