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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446270696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446270691
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some books describe the neoliberal project using the neoliberals’ own terms; others promote more profound understanding by bringing in other intellectual resources. Will Davies is one of the best of the latter. In this fascinating book he inverts the conventional neoliberal practice of treating politics as if it were mere epiphenomenon of market theory, demonstrating that their version of economics is far better understood as the pursuit of politics by other means. (Professor Philip Mirowski)

Writing with clarity and precision and drawing on a rich array of sources, Will Davies takes the sociological discussion of neo-liberalism, its past and possible futures, to newer and richer intellectual realms. A substantial, original, and welcome contribution to the burgeoning literature on neo-liberal thought and rule. (Professor Paul du Gay)

This is a sparkling, original, and provocative analysis of neoliberalism. It offers a distinctive account of the diverse, sometimes contradictory, conventions and justifications that lend authority to the cumulative extension of competitive market principles and the spirit of competitiveness to all spheres of social life and that provide it with room for manoeuvre and reinvention in the face of resistance and crisis. It also demonstrates the importance of the sovereign authority of the national state to the spread of neoliberalism and, equally, to exceptional rescue measures in those states of economic emergency that only sovereign states can declare. Combining philosophical reflection, principles of grounded critique, political theory, intellectual history, the theory of conventions, reflections on law and economics, and a sociological analysis of competitiveness, this book breaks new ground, offers new modes of critique, and points to post-neoliberal futures. (Professor Bob Jessop)

In a world that seems to lurch from one financial crisis to the next, this book questions both the sovereignty of markets and the principles of competition and competitiveness that lie at the heart of the neoliberal project. This is a brilliant piece of work and is essential reading for anyone interested in the politics and economics of contemporary capitalism. (Professor Nicholas Gane)

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This book is breathtaking. Although Will Davies does not write in an easily readable style and the contents often is presented with very high density, I read this book with real excitement. In a thorough and quite gentle manner, neoliberalism is dissected piece by piece, viewed from a historical and social scientifical perspective which reveales deep and surprising insights, at least to me. In other words, Davies is killing neoliberalism softly, and no one having read this book will have any understanding of elite meetings regularly held in Davos or the economic mechanims which support brutal monopolies such as Amazon. (This is, by the way, the reason why I do not expect my comment to be seen here; otherwise: my respect!).
Davies succeeds in presenting a founded analysis and critique of neoliberalism, and his work may hopefully be a starting point for a grand design of an new and modern economy, in which the “rules of exchange, employment and finance (as, for instance the ordo-liberals redrafted the rules of the market) could be one of the great forces for social progress” [p. 200], such that we “will one day will live in a society which offers more choices than merely ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ in a competetive game.” [p. viii]
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Neoliberalism killed softly 22 April 2015
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This book is breathtaking. Although Will Davies does not write in an easily readable style and the contents often is presented with very high density, I read this book with real excitement. In a thorough and quite gentle manner, neoliberalism is dissected piece by piece, viewed from a historical and social scientifical perspective which reveales deep and surprising insights, at least to me. In other words, Davies is killing neoliberalism softly, referring to classics like Kant, Hayek, Schumpeter, Schmitt. In a brilliant section called “metaphysics of neoliberal authority” he even refers to Wittgenstein's observations on games and rules. No one having read this book will be able to understand elite meetings regularly held in Davos or defend the economic mechanisms which support brutal monopolies such as Amazon. (This is, by the way, the reason why I do not expect my comment to be seen here; otherwise: my respect!).
Davies succeeds in presenting a founded analysis and critique of neoliberalism, and his work may hopefully be a starting point for a grand design of a new and modern economy, in which the “rules of exchange, employment and finance (as, for instance the ordo-liberals redrafted the rules of the market) could be one of the great forces for social progress” [p. 200], such that we “will one day live in a society which offers more choices than merely ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ in a competitive game.” [p. viii]
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