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Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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This book is a timely and relevant contribution to this urgent contemporary topic. (I. K. Gujral, Former Prime Minister of India)
About the Author
Manfred B. Steger's academic fields of expertise include global studies, political and social theory, peace studies, and international politics. His most recent publications include Globalism: Market Ideology Meets Terrorism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) and Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (2003). Ravi K. Roy is Lecturer of Global Studies and teaches International Development and Global Studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. His research expertise is in Economic Policy and Public Policy. He is the co-editor of Neoliberalism: National and regional experiments with global ideas (Routledge, 2007) and the co-author of Fiscal Policy Convergence from Reagan to Blair: The Left Veers Right (Routledge, 2004).
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One of the book's strong points is that it provides a global context for neoliberalism. It shows how it has been implemented on all six continents, and it discusses particular local circumstances that give neoliberalism a distinct flavor in various countries. The book, however, is a bit too quick to point out all the limitations of the neoliberal policies, and I feel it sometimes uses unnecessarily harsh language to characterize certain political actions that are deemed contrary to neoliberal principles. The final chapter deals with the current global economic crisis.Read more ›
The authors successfully plot the way that neo-liberalism has gone from the backwoods of intellectual theorizing and policy think-tanks into mainstream political thought and action. So much so that economic liberalism as an idea and agenda was for many politicians of left and right, not to mention their constituencies,seen as the 'only option',especially in the West.Even formerly closed off economies such as China,Russia and India by the late 80's ,early 1990's started to throw off the shackles of autarky, state controls and egalitarian thinking (in so far as it ever existed)in order to engage with the global market place. Proof of the power of simple ideas!
Neo-liberalism is essentially about 'small' government, trade and competition coupled with a focus on individual enterprise. Its early form arrived in the shape of rampant deregulation, privatisation and attempts at substantial welfare reform whilst balancing government budgets. This is the stuff of the Thatcher /Reagan era-circa the 1980's.This often went hand in a political conservatism that espoused open markets, personal responsibility,democracy for all and markets being left to get on with generating economic growth.Read more ›
The concept of neoliberalism is extended so broadly, it stretches from Thatcher to Blair, that it is difficult to see any real alternatives. The book almost seemed to suggest at one point that a neoliberal handbook had been secretly handed out to senior people in a variety of fields, and they all then adopted it wholeheartedly.
In contrast I would suggest that neoliberalism is like the ‘habitus’ described by Pierre Bourdieu and covered in the recent Gillian Tett book on silos. It is a set of opinions that have been widely been accepted as so obvious that no alternative can readily be envisaged.
The book is well written and clearly laid out, it has an authoritative tone without being unduly inaccessible. Whether you are curious about the term neoliberal or not, this is a good, and chastening account of recent economic solutions.
Also quite an interesting read and a different perspective to international development from one you might receiving reading something like the Economist.
Further, unlike many teachers of this discipline, does not get bogged down in its own self-righteousness.
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This 'Very Short Introductions' on neoliberalism is an excellent and concise overview of the current economic system under which we live. Read morePublished on 26 April 2013 by Christian Kusi-Obodum
I read the 138 pages of this book in a little over 36 hours. That was a relief to me as I'm not majoring in neoliberalism or anything like that. Read morePublished on 5 April 2013 by Mark Lyn
i used this book while doing my uni work, it outlines cleraly issues regarding neoliberalism, explains its assumptions, critics, links to defferent areas like education, names... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2013 by Sandra Kopyt
I was very impressed with this book. I believe that everyone alive today who wishes to be aware of the economic/political world that they live in should have an understanding of... Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2012 by Mike
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