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Oxford University Press
16 November 2006
Ethical issues & debates; Politics & government; Political science & theory; Liberalism & centre democratic ideologies; Economic theory & philosophy; Political economy
Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Its spread has depended upon a reconstitution of state powers such that privatization, finance, and market processes are emphasized. State interventions in the economy are minimized, while the obligations of the state to provide for the welfare of its citizens are diminished. David Harvey, author of 'The New Imperialism' and 'The Condition of Postmodernity', here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage. While Thatcher and Reagan are often cited as primary authors of this neoliberal turn, Harvey shows how a complex of forces, from Chile to China and from New York City to Mexico City, have also played their part. In addition he explores the continuities and contrasts between neoliberalism of the Clinton sort and the recent turn towards neoconservative imperialism of George W. Bush. Finally, through critical engagement with this history, Harvey constructs a framework not only for analyzing the political and economic dangers that now surround us, but also for assessing the prospects for the more socially just alternatives being advocated by many oppositional movements.
By:   David Harvey (Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Graduate Center City University of New York)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   192g
ISBN:   9780199283279
ISBN 10:   0199283273
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   16 November 2006
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction; 1. Freedom's Just Another Word ..; 2. The Construction of Consent; 3. The Neoliberal State; 4. Uneven Geographical Developments; 5. Neoliberalism with 'Chinese Characteristics'; 6. Neoliberalism on Trial; 7. Freedom's Prospect; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Reviews for A Brief History of Neoliberalism

David Harvey has produced an extraordinary book that is both informative and daring in its analsis. Ionnis Hlinavos, Development and Change [An] impressive, condensed history of neo-liberalism...The many strengths of A Brief History of Neoliberalism cannot be adequately conveyed in this short space Labour/Le Travail

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