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Assembling Neoliberalism

Expertise, Practices, Subjects

  • Vaughan Higgins
  • Wendy Larner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Vaughan Higgins, Wendy Larner
    Pages 1-19
  3. Expertise

  4. Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Samuel Kirwan, Morag McDermont, John Clarke
      Pages 109-129
    3. Nick Lewis, Richard Le Heron, Hugh Campbell
      Pages 151-170
    4. Jessica Pykett, John Cromby
      Pages 195-216
  5. Subjects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Lisa J. Hill, Wendy Larner
      Pages 263-281
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Wendy Larner, Vaughan Higgins
      Pages 305-312
  7. Vaughan Higgins, Wendy Larner
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 313-331

About this book


This book examines how neoliberalism is constituted from multiple, diverse elements; how these elements are brought together and made to cohere; and the challenges, contestations, and consequences of such. Informed by assemblage thinking, the collection builds on research that emphasizes the forms of experimentation, adaptation, and mutation through which neoliberalism is enacted and rendered workable across different spaces. Contributors provide original case studies on topics such as democratic administration, carbon markets, the sharing economy, behavioral economics, disease management, free trade and youth volunteering.  They interrogate the forms of expertise through which neoliberalism is rendered knowable; the diverse socio-technical practices that make neoliberalism governable; and the practices, effects, and tensions involved in the assembling of neoliberal subjects.


neoliberalism political science political theory politics institutions globalization assemblage thinking technopolitical climate change carbon markets market-oriented political-economic ideas climate justice citizenship

Editors and affiliations

  • Vaughan Higgins
    • 1
  • Wendy Larner
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Humanities & Social SciencesCharles Sturt UniversityAlbury, NSWAustralia
  2. 2.Office of the ProvostVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

About the editors

Vaughan Higgins is Associate Professor of Sociology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. His research encompasses the sociology of science and technology, and the sociology of agriculture and food. He is co-editor of Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing with Wendy Larner.

Wendy Larner is Provost at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  Her research sits in the interdisciplinary fields of globalization, governance, and gender. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Academy of Social Sciences, UK.    ​

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Assembling Neoliberalism
  • Book Subtitle Expertise, Practices, Subjects
  • Editors Vaughan Higgins
    Wendy Larner
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-58203-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-93988-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-58204-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 331
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Sociology
    Social Theory
    Cultural Studies
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