Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism : A Critical Reader

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"Bravo! Some of the most incisive students of neoliberalism gather together to present a stunning indictment of the destructiveness of the already discredited right-wing economic regime." Professor Michael Perelman, California State University, Chico "Across its thirty chapters, covering theoretical, empirical, policy and political aspects for different regions of the world, this collection of essays on neo-liberalism establishes that it is not merely a temporary phase of contemporary capitalism. Rather, it is the reflection of deep-rooted structures and processes, forging a rhythm in capitalist development that inevitably releases appalling consequences albeit in historically specific circumstances. In short, neo-liberalism, like imperialism, underdevelopment, fascism, world wars and so on, is not some aberration but an immanent aspect of capitalism." Professor Ben Fine, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London "This scholarly yet deeply engaged book will do much to to put the record straight on what neoliberalism is and what its actual effects have been on those who have gained from it and the much larger numbers who have been afflicted by it.
The geographical scope and analytical sophistication of the contributions make it one of the few really reliable guides to this complex and life-threatening ideology." Professor Leslie Sklair, London School of Economics Neoliberalism is the dominant ideology shaping our world today. It dictates the policies of governments, and shapes the actions of key institutions such as the WTO, IMF, World Bank and European Central Bank. Its political and economic implications can hardly be overstated. Yet there are obvious problems with the neoliberal project. This book is a perfect introduction to neoliberalism that is ideal for anyone seeking a critical perspective. It explains the nature, history, strengths, weaknesses and implications of neoliberalism from the point of view of radical political economics. Short, self-contained chapters are written by leading experts in each field. The books is organised in three parts: the first section outlining neoliberal theory, the second exploring how neoliberalism has affected various policy areas, and a third looking at how neoliberal policies have played out in particular regions of the world.
Using a broad range of left economic perspectives, from post-Keynesian to Marxist, this is a great resource for students of politics and economics, and anyone looking for a grounded critical approach to this broad subject.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 24mm | 639.58g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 figures
  • 0745322999
  • 9780745322995

About Alfredo Saad-Filho

Alfredo Saad-Filho is Professor of Political Economy at SOAS, University of London. He is the author of Marx's 'Capital' (Pluto, 2005) amongst other works. Deborah Johnston is a Lecturer in Development Economics at SOAS. She has worked on labour markets and poverty, and has undertaken consultancy work in the UK, Russia and in a number of countries in Africa.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements Contributors Introduction - Alfredo Saad-Filho and Deborah Johnston Part I - Theoretical Perspectives 1: The Neoliberal (Counter-)Revolution - Gerard Dumenil and Dominique Levy 2: From Keynesianism to Neoliberalism: Shifting Paradigms in Economics - Thomas I. Palley 3: Mainstream Economics in the Neoliberal Era - Costas Lapavitsas 4: The Economic Mythology of Neoliberalism - Anwar Shaikh 5: The Neoliberal Theory of Society - Simon Clarke 6: Neoliberalism and Politics, and the Politics of Neoliberalism - Ronaldo Munck 7: Neoliberalism, Globalisation and International Relations - Alejandro Colas Part II - Surveying the Landscape 8: Neoliberalism and Primitive Accumulation in LDCs - Terence J. Byres 9: Neoliberal Globalization: Imperialism without Empires? - Hugo Radice 10: Neoliberalism in International Trade: Sound Economics or a Question of Faith? - Sonali Deranyiagala 11: 'A Haven of Familiar Monetary Practice': The Neoliberal Dream in International Money and Finance - Jan Toporowski 12: From Washington to Post-Washington Consensus: Neoliberal Agendas for Economic Development - Alfredo Saad-Filho 13: Foreign Aid, Neoliberalism and US Imperialism - Henry Veltmeyer and James Petras 14: Sticks and Carrots for Farmers in Developing Countries: Agrarian Neoliberal in Theory and Practice - Carlos Oya 15: Poverty and Distribution: Back on the Neoliberal Agenda? - Deborah Johnston 16: The Welfare State and Neoliberalism - Susanne MacGregor 17: Neoliberalism, the New Right and Sexual Politics - Lesley Hoggart 18: Neoliberal Agendas for Higher Education - Les Levidow 19: Neoliberalism and Civil Society: Project and Possibilities - Subir Sinha 20: Neoliberalism and Democracy: Market Power versus Democratic Power - Arthur MacEwan 21: Neoliberalism and the Third Way - Philip Arestis and Malcom Sawyer Part III - Neoliberal Experiences 22: The Birth of Neoliberalism in the US: A Reorganisation of Capitalism - Al Campbell 23: The Neoliberal Experience of the UK - Philip Arestis and Malcom Sawyer 24: European Integration as a Vehicle of Neoliberal Hegemony - John Milios 25: Neoliberalism: The Eastern European Frontier - Jan Toporowski 26: The Political Economy of Neoliberalism in Latin America - Alfredo Saad-Filho 27: Neoliberalism in Sub-Saharan Africa: From Structural Adjustment to NEPAD - Patrick Bond 28: Neoliberalism and South Asia: The Case of a Narrowing Discourse - Matthew McCartney 29: Assessing Neoliberalism in Japan - Makoto Itoh 30: Neoliberal Restructuring of Capital Relations in East and Southeast Asia - Dae-oup Chang
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Bravo! Some of the most incisive students of neoliberalism gather together to present a stunning indictment of the destructiveness of the already discredited right-wing economic regime. -- Professor Michael Perelman, California State University Across its thirty chapters, covering theoretical, empirical, policy and political aspects for different regions of the world, this collection of essays on neo-liberalism establishes that it is not merely a temporary phase of contemporary capitalism. Rather, it is the reflection of deep-rooted structures and processes, forging a rhythm in capitalist development that inevitably releases appalling consequences albeit in historically specific circumstances. In short, neo-liberalism, like imperialism, underdevelopment, fascism, world wars and so on, is not some aberration but an immanent aspect of capitalism. -- Professor Ben Fine, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London This scholarly yet deeply engaged book will do much to to put the record straight on what neoliberalism is and what its actual effects have been on those who have gained from it and the much larger numbers who have been afflicted by it. The geographical scope and analytical sophistication of the contributions make it one of the few really reliable guides to this complex and life-threatening ideology. -- Professor Leslie Sklair, London School of Economics
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