• Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in IPE book series (PHIPE)


Neoliberalism has become a common, if contested, frame of reference for International Political Economy (IPE) to understand the governance of the global economy. In examining such complex terrain, this chapter begins by offering four prominent starting points for the analysis of neoliberalism: (1) as a history of intellectual ideas; (2) as a system of enhanced capitalist power; (3) as a cultural examination of everyday conduct; and (4) as a more generic, post-Marxist expression to denote the current zeitgeist. The discussion proceeds to dissect neoliberalism via three major ‘acts’: (1) from the late 1970s to the early 1990s; (2) from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s; and (3) from the late 2000s to the present. Significant contributions from IPE are discussed in relation to the wider empirical context.


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