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Neoliberal Hegemony
A Global Critique





ISBN 9780415373272
Published February 6, 2006 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Neoliberalism is fast becoming the dominant ideology of our age, yet politicians, businessmen and academics rarely identify themselves with it and even political forces critical of it continue to carry out neoliberal policies around the globe. How can we make sense of this paradox? Who actually are "the neoliberals"?

This is the first explanation of neoliberal hegemony, which systematically considers and analyzes the networks and organizations of around 1.000 self conscious neoliberal intellectuals organized in the Mont Pèlerin Society.

This book challenges simplistic understandings of neoliberalism. It underlines the variety of neoliberal schools of thought, the various approaches of its proponents in the fight for hegemony in research and policy development, political and communication efforts, and the well funded, well coordinated, and highly effective new types of knowledge organizations generated by the neoliberal movement: partisan think tanks.

It also closes an important gap in the growing literature on "private authority’’, presenting new perspectives on transnational civil society formation processes.

This fascinating new book will be of great interest to students of international relations, political economy, globalization and politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reconsidering Neoliberal Hegemony  Dieter  1. Global Neoliberal Projects  Between Network and Complex Organization: The Making of Neoliberal Knowledge and Hegemony  Neoliberalism, Capitalist Class Formation and the Global Network of Corporations and Policy Groups  Peddling Reform: The Role of Think Tanks in Shaping the Neoliberal Policy Agenda for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund  2. Neoliberal Hegemonic Constellations in the (Semi-)Periphery: Transnational and domestic roots Why Is There No Third Way? The Role of Neoliberal Ideology, Networks and Think Tanks in Combating Market Socialism and Shaping Transformation in Poland  The Neo-Liberal Ascendancy and East Asia: Geo-Politics, Development Theory and the End of the Authoritarian Developmental State in South Korea  The Mexican Economy since NAFTA: Socioeconomic Integration or Disintegration?  3. Neoliberal Discourse Relations: Dissemination, diffusion, and adaptation   The Great Lie: Markets, Freedom and Knowledge  Frontiers and Dystopias: Libertarian Ideology in Science Fiction  The Education of Neoliberalism   Gender Mainstreaming: Integrating Women into a Neoliberal Europe?  4. Major Hegemonic Battle Lines  Neo-Liberalism and Communitarianism: Social Conditions, Discourses and Politics  Neo-Liberalism and Cultural Nationalism: A Danse Macabre  The World Wide Web of Anti-Neoliberalism  Emerging Forms of Post-Fordist Protest and the Impossibility of Global Keynesianism  Notes  References  Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

Dieter Plehwe is Research Fellow at the International Center for Advanced Studies, New York University and Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center, Berlin, Germany.

Bernhard Walpen is Social Scientist and Economist at the Research Department of the Bethlehem Mission Immensee at the RomeroHaus, Luzern.

Gisela Neunhöffer is a coordinator for trade union networks in transnational companies in Eastern and Southeastern Europe for the International Union of Food and Allied Workers, Moscow.