Neoliberal Planning: Does It Really Exist?

  • Guy BaetenEmail author
Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 102)


Neoliberalism may be a widely used term in both scientific and popular writings, but there remains much confusion over what its exact contents are – Brenner, Peck, and Theodore (2010a) have called it a ‘rascal’ concept but confirm elsewhere (Brenner, Peck, & Theodore, 2010b) that it remains a ‘keyword for the understanding of regulatory reforms of our time’. Smith (2008) has declared neoliberalism ‘dead but dominant’, and some call for a shift in focus from analysis and critique to the exploration of possible postneoliberalisms (see for example Brand and Sekler (2009) in the theme issue on postneoliberalism in Development Dialogue).


Social Entrepreneurship Regulatory Reform Popular Writing Urban Subject Good City 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social and Economic GeographyLund UniversityLundSweden

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