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.
Acknowledgements List of Annex, Charts, Figures and Tables List of Abbreviations Introduction Reconsidering Neoliberal Hegemony Dieter Plehwe, Bernhard Walpen and Gisela Neunhöffer 1. Global Neoliberal Projects Between Network and Complex Organization: The Making of Neoliberal Knowledge and Hegemony Dieter Plehwe and Bernhard Walpen Neoliberalism, Capitalist Class Formation and the Global Network of Corporations and Policy Groups William K. Carroll and Colin Carson Peddling Reform: The Role of Think Tanks in Shaping the Neoliberal Policy Agenda for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Christian E. Weller and Laura Singleton 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 Dorothee Bohle and Gisela Neunhöffer The Neo-Liberal Ascendancy and East Asia: Geo-Politics, Development Theory and the End of the Authoritarian Developmental State in South Korea Mark T. Berger The Mexican Economy since NAFTA: Socioeconomic Integration or Disintegration? Enrique Dussel Peters 3. Neoliberal Discourse Relations: Dissemination, diffusion, and adaptation The Great Lie: Markets, Freedom and Knowledge Richard Hull Frontiers and Dystopias: Libertarian Ideology in Science Fiction Peter Josef Mühlbauer The Education of Neoliberalism Oliver Schöller and Olaf Groh-Samberg Gender Mainstreaming: Integrating Women into a Neoliberal Europe? Susanne Schunter-Kleemann and Dieter Plehwe 4. Major Hegemonic Battle Lines Neo-Liberalism and Communitarianism: Social Conditions, Discourses and Politics Hans-Jürgen Bieling Neo-Liberalism and Cultural Nationalism: A Danse Macabre Radhika Desai The World Wide Web of Anti-Neoliberalism Emerging Forms of Post-Fordist Protest and the Impossibility of Global Keynesianism Ulrich Brand Notes References Index