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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (4 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199283273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199283279
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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Shortlisted for the Inaugural International Political Economy Group Annual Book Prize --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Germinal on 9 July 2010
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I can't add much to what previous reviewers have said.

Their reviews, however, date from a few years ago. I have read 'A Brief History of Neoliberalism' in the first months of the Con-Dem coalition government in the UK. Listening to the speeches of government ministers and their justifications for their actions and reading Harvey at the same time brought on an uneasy feeling for they were articulating, almost verbatim, the logic of neoliberalism as explained by Harvey. Without, of course, the analysis of what lies beneath their ideological mania and the wholesale enrichment of the financial elite via the mechanism of crisis.

Also, I'd point out that Harvey predicted the financial crisis that eventually occured and foresaw the responses from the global capitalist class that have, indeed, been implemented.

Not so much a history book as a book about the present and the future.

Brilliant. Read it.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Noonan on 6 Feb 2006
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Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Augusto Pinochet - these are the famous faces of neoliberalism, the economic (and, to some extent, philosophical) doctrine that advocates unregulated capitalism, free trade, small government (and hence low taxation) and the marketization of virtually every aspect of life. In this book, David Harvey does a good job of analysing the resurrection and rehabilitation of neoliberalism in the mid/late 1970s (with Paul Volocker at the US Federal Reserve Board, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Deng Xiaoping's acension to the leadership in China); and he brings it right up to today, as China steams ahead in economic expansion and outsourcing of jobs becomes an evermore noticable aspect of dislocation in 'the West'.
Essentially, Harvey's thesis is that neoliberalism is a form of class war: it involves a massive transfer of wealth from the developing/underdeveloped world to the developed world. When neoliberalism threatens ruling class power, Harvey argues, the rules of the game suddenly change: neoliberalism departs from classical liberal economic theory to safeguard ruling interests. An example includes the fact that the IMF intervened in the Russian currency crisis in 1997-8 to save Western investors from having to suffer bad debts: such intervention took the form of foisting painful 'restructuring' programmes on the Russian economy, which manifested itself in massive cuts in public expenditure (public employment, social welfare provision etc.). Under classical liberal economic theory, the investors should have suffered the bad debts, while the IMF should have helped the Russian government manage its currency difficulties without drastic cuts in public provision.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 April 2006
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This is an essential, thought-provoking book for anyone engaged in international business, the media, corporate strategy and governance. It fills the gaps between what you see in the media and what you experience as a citizen and businessperson by very ably explaining the theory and practice of neoliberalism. This philosophy has largely replaced liberalism as a popular political doctrine. The results are not very impressive from a democratic perspective, according to this analysis by author David Harvey. Armed with a different perspective and interesting sources, he puts neoliberal political thought and practice into its modern context, in everything from foreign policy, to how the media (led by Fox News) presents events, to the emergence of the new super wealthy class built on huge profits raked in by select corporations. He dedicates a chapter to the way this policy has worked in China, and frequently cites its effects in other countries. We think this well-documented short book makes it easier for readers to understand contemporary events and recommends it to business strategists, media professionals and concerned world citizens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Burgess on 16 Feb 2013
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A Brief History of Neoliberalism is a short classic. Very clear, concise and brilliantly argued with copious supporting evidence. Harvey dissects the advance of neoliberalism from the crises of the 1970s to its triumph after the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Harvey's lectures on Marxism are justly famous for their clarity and this is also a defining feature of his writing. Thoroughly recommended for anyone wishing to understand the politics of contemporary world capitalism and its relationship to national states.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stella on 30 Mar 2013
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Everyone knows the world's just not right. But very few know exactly why. This book is a REAL eye opener, and gives you all the info you need to understand the world you live in, including the global financial crisis, which is just a by-product of the socio-economic system we have, and the deep psychological premises it is built on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MissVenner on 28 Mar 2013
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This is a good introduction to the area of neoliberalism, this coming from someone who has diddly squat knowledge on the area. It's hard going at first but when you get passed the first chapter or so, you just sort of roll through it. Well written, seems well researched to me.

Only thing was my copy came with writing in it, which I wasn't pleased about as it was meant to be 'very good condition'.
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