A Brief History of Neoliberalism

A Brief History of Neoliberalism

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By (author) David Harvey

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199283273
  • ISBN 13: 9780199283279
  • Illustrations note: numerous graphs, 3 line drawings, 5 maps and 2 tables
  • Sales rank: 6,495

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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.

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David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He formerly held professorial posts at Oxford University and The Johns Hopkins University, and has written extensively on the political economy of globalization, urbanization, and cultural change. Oxford University Press published his book 'The New Imperialism' in September 2003 (reissued in paperback February 2005).

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By Enzo Short 02 Jul 2009 4

The author gives an explanation of what could best be described as "neoliberal" ecopolinomics (Political economics? Economic politics?) and its history. Not difficult to read for a well-read person. This book exposes the root causes of the world wide capitalistic failures, especially the current financial one. It is not anti-capitalist; it just shows how the dominance of world affairs by relatively few powerful capitalists has been to the detriment of this planet and its life forms. Humans are no different from other reatures in their quest to survive, even at the expense of their fellow creatures.

I give it 1 star short of 5 stars only because it is not suitable for general readership. Get your dictionary out for unusual words on about every 3rd page.

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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

Table of contents

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