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The Handbook of Neoliberalism

ISBN 9781138844001
Published June 21, 2016 by Routledge
638 Pages - 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Neoliberalism is easily one of the most powerful concepts to emerge within the social sciences in the last two decades, and the number of scholars who write about this dynamic and unfolding process of socio-spatial transformation is astonishing. Even more surprising though is that there has, until now, not been an attempt to provide a wide-ranging volume that engages with the multiple registers in which neoliberalism has evolved.

The Handbook of Neoliberalism seeks to offer a wide-ranging overview of the phenomenon of neoliberalism by examining a number of ways that it has been theorized, promoted, critiqued, and put into practice in a variety of geographical locations and institutional frameworks. With contributions from over 50 leading
authors working at institutions around the world, the volume’s seven sections provide a systematic overview of neoliberalism’s origins, political implications, social tensions, knowledge productions, spaces, natures and environments, and aftermaths in addressing ongoing and emerging debates.

The volume aims to provide the first comprehensive overview of the field and to advance the established and emergent debates in a field that has grown exponentially over the past two decades, coinciding with the meteoric rise of neoliberalism as a hegemonic ideology, state form, policy and program, and governmentality. It includes a substantive introductory chapter and will serve as an invaluable resource for undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scholars alike.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



List of Figures


List of Contributors

Introduction: An Introduction to Neoliberalism

Simon Springer, Kean Birch, Julie MacLeavy

Part 1 – Origins

Chapter 1: Historicising the Neoliberal Spirit of Capitalism

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

Chapter 2: The Ascendency of Chicago Neoliberalism

Edward Nik-Khah and Robert Van Horn

Chapter 3: Neoliberalism and the Transnational Capitalist Class

  1. William K. Carroll and J.P. Sapinski

Chapter 4: Theorising Neoliberalization

Kim England and Kevin Ward

Chapter 5: Neoliberal Hegemony

Dieter Plehwe

Chapter 6: Governmentality at Work in Shaping a Critical Geographical Politics

Nick Lewis

Chapter 7: Neoliberalism in Question

Phillip O’Neill and Sally Weller

Chapter 8: Neoliberalism, Accomplished and Ongoing

Stephanie L. Mudge

Part 2 – Political Implications

Chapter 9: Neoliberalism and Authoritarianism

Ian Bruff

Chapter 10: Neoliberalism and Citizenship

Katharyne Mitchell

Chapter 11: Development and Neoliberalism

Doug Hill, Nave Wald, and Tess Guiney

Chapter 12: Neoliberalism and the End of Democracy

Jason Hickel

Chapter 13: The Violence of Neoliberalism

Simon Springer

Chapter 14: Neoliberalism and the Biopolitical Imagination

Nicholas Kiersey

Chapter 15: Neoliberalism, Surveillance and Media Convergence

Julie Cupples and Kevin Glynn

Chapter 16: Resilience: A Right-Winger’s Ploy?

Vlad Mykhnenko

Part 3 – Social Tensions

Chapter 17: Race and Neoliberalism

David J. Roberts

Chapter 18: Gender and Neoliberalism: Young Women as Ideal Neoliberal Subjects

Christina Scharff

Chapter 19: Neoliberalizing Sex, Normativizing Love

Sealing Cheng

Chapter 20: Health and the Embodiment of Neoliberalism: Pathologies of Political-Economy from Climate Change and Austerity to Personal Responsibility

Matthew Sparke

Chapter 21: Neoliberalism and Welfare: The Deepening of a Market-Based Approach to Social Policy in the Age of Austerity

Julie MacLeavy

Chapter 22

Neoliberalism, labour and trade unionism

Ben Jackson

Chapter 23: The Commons Against Neoliberalism, the Commons of Neoliberalism, the Commons Beyond Neoliberalism

Max Haiven

Chapter 24: Retooling Social Reproduction for Neoliberal Times: The Example of the Social Economy

Peter Graefe

Part 4 – Knowledge Productions

Chapter 25: Education, Neoliberalism, and Human Capital: Homo Economicus as "Entrepreneur of Himself"

Michael A. Peters

Chapter 26: Pedagogies of Neoliberalism

Sheila L. Macrine

Chapter 27: Financial Economics and Business Schools: Legitimating Corporate Monopoly, Reproducing Neoliberalism?

Kean Birch

Chapter 28: Neoliberalism Everywhere: Mobile Neoliberal Policy

Russell Prince

Chapter 29: Science, Innovation and Neoliberalism

David Tyfield

Chapter 30: Performing Neoliberalism: Practices, Power and Subject Formation

Michael R. Glass

Chapter 31: Neoliberalism as Austerity: The Theory, Practice, and Purpose of Fiscal Restraint Since the 1970s

Heather Whiteside

Chapter 32: The Housing Crisis in Neoliberal Britain: Free Market Think Tanks and the Production of Ignorance

Tom Slater

Part 5 – Spaces

Chapter 33: Urban Neoliberalism: Rolling with the Changes in a Globalizing World

Roger Keil

Chapter 34: Neoliberalism and Rural Change: Land and Capital Concentration, and the Precariousness of Labour

Cristóbal Kay

Chapter 35: The Heartlands of Neoliberalism and the Rise of the Austerity State

Bob Jessop

Chapter 36: Peripheries of Neoliberalism: Impacts, Resistance and Retroliberalism as Reincarnation

Warwick E. Murray and John Overton

Chapter 37: Neoliberal Geopolitics

Susan M. Roberts

Chapter 38: In the Spirit of Whiteness: Neoliberal Re-regulation, and the Simultaneous Opening and Hardening of National Territorial Boundaries

Joseph Nevins

Chapter 39: Housing and Home: Objects and Technologies of Neoliberal Governmentalities

Rae Dufty-Jones

Part 6 – Natures and Environments

Chapter 40: Re-Regulating Socioecologies Under Neoliberalism

Rosemary-Claire Collard, Jessica Dempsey, and James Rowe

Chapter 41: Neoliberalism's Climate

Larry Lohmann

Chapter 42: Neoliberal Energies: Crisis, Governance and Hegemony

Matthew Huber

Chapter 43: Neoliberalizing Water

Alex Loftus and Jessica Budds

Chapter 44: The Neoliberalization of Agriculture: Regimes, Resistance, and Resilience

Jamey Essex

Chapter 45: Making Bodily Commodities: Transformations of Property, Object and Labour in the Neoliberal Bioeconomy

Maria Fannin

Chapter 46: Rethinking the Extractive/Productive Binary Under Neoliberalism

Sonja Killoran-McKibbin and Anna Zalik

Part 7 – Aftermaths

Chapter 47: The Crisis of Neoliberalism

Gérard Duménil and Dominique Lévy

Chapter 48: Regulated Deregulation

Manuel B. Aalbers

Chapter 49: Neoliberalism Version 3+

James D. Sidaway and Reijer P Hendrikse

Chapter 50: Postneoliberalism

Ulrich Brand

Chapter 51: Neoliberal Gothic

Japhy Wilson

Chapter 52: Everyday Contestations to Neoliberalism: Valuing and Harnessing Alternative Work Practices in a Neoliberal Society

Richard J. White and Colin C. Williams

Chapter 53: Our New Arms

Mark Purcell

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Simon Springer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at University of Victoria, Canada.

Kean Birch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University, Canada.

Julie MacLeavy is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Bristol, UK.


'This extraordinary collection offers a comprehensive review of neoliberalism. It answers all questions you may have about neoliberalization including those you might be afraid to pose. A must read for all those who believe that a different world must be possible.'

Erik Swyngedouw, MAE, Professor of Geography, School of Education, Environment and Development, Manchester University, UK

'Providing a comprehensive introduction to one of the most contentious terms in contemporary social science, this multi-disciplinary handbook draws together established scholars and new contributors. Collectively these authors offer an extraordinarily wide range of debates and perspectives, making this a landmark contribution to the field.' 

Wendy Larner, Provost and Professor of Human Geography, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

'This is the most wide-ranging and multi-perspectival overview of neoliberalism available. The book is a true treasure trove where graduate students can find countless ideas for designing original research projects.'

Henk Overbeek, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

"‘Neoliberalism is a slippery concept, meaning different things to different people’ (p. 1). Springer, Birch and MacLeavy’s excellently edited volume starts its mission with this nailing definition. Neoliberalism has become one of the concepts that one cannot avoid mentioning in analysing a recent development in social sciences. It is safe to argue that neoliberalism is now a term that is overly used even in partly overlapping and partly contradictory ways (Ferguson 2010: 166). There is not any easy way of defining what neoliberalism is. Is it a state form, or a policy, or a version of governmentality, or an ideology? Or simply, is it an epistemology? Perhaps, because of this nuisance, no scholar has attempted to provide an overview of this powerful but amorphous concept in a volume that engages with multiple registers in which the concept has evolved. However, as the editors of this volume argue, neoliberalism is in need of unpacking because it serves as a way of understanding the transformation of society with new political, economic and social arrangements that emphasise market relations, re-tasking the role of state, and individual responsibility in the last few decades (p. 2). This volume represents the first attempt that contributes to the existing knowledge with an interdisciplinary and global perspective by advancing the established and emergent debates around the concept."

Gorkem Altinors, Bilecik Seyh Edebali University, Turkey