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The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society by [Dardot, Pierre, Laval, Christian]
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"To understand these debates [on neoliberalism], the book by Christian Laval and Pierre Dardot on the 'neoliberal society' offers us analytical keys. This monument of scholarship draws on the history of ideas, philosophy and sociology." Le Monde "Extremely scholarly, this book is an insistent invitation to push theoretical and social critique of the present order beyond the standard analyses." Le Monde diplomatique

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PIERRE DARDOT is a philosopher and specialist in Hegel and Marx. His previous books include Sauver Marx?: Empire, multitude, travail immatériel (with Christian Laval and El Mouhoub Mouhoud) and Marx, prénom: Karl (with Christian Laval). CHRISTIAN LAVAL is Professor of Sociology at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. His other books include L'Ambition sociologique: Saint-Simon, Comte, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Weber; Jeremy Bentham, les artifices du capitalism; L'École n'est pas une entreprise: Le néo-libéralisme à l'assaut de l'enseignement public; and L'Homme économique: Essai sur les racines du néolibéralisme.

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  • Publisher: Verso (1 Mar. 2014)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95b6c4e0) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x95b7f99c) out of 5 stars A terrific guide to the insides of Neoliberalism 4 Aug. 2014
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A terrific guide to the insides of Neoliberalism. The authors trace the various strands of the movement from its origins in classic liberalism up through the 1930s to its dominance at the end of the last century. Although the book is indebted to Foucault, its style is straightforward and clear in ways the great man's sometimes isn't. The focus is mainly on Europe, but it's still a very very welcome study.
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HASH(0x95b82690) out of 5 stars The best book on neoliberalism 11 Jan. 2015
By Philip G. Cerny - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best book I have yet read on the theory and practice of neoliberalism -- its origins, development and global ideological hegemony. I write on the theory of neoliberalism myself and I fully agree with these authors' analysis and argument. It needs to be read widely throughout the English-speaking world. The original French edition (2009), however, has four more chapters on the origins which it would have been good to include here. Nevertheless, I recommend it most highly.
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HASH(0x95b82654) out of 5 stars Do we all actually act like corporations? 22 May 2015
By Kean Birch - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a frustrating, although enlightening, book.

The book contains a really detailed account of the complex and convoluted intellectual and historical development and evolution of neoliberalism - or, more correctly, neoliberalisms in the plural (e.g. German ordoliberalism, Austiran school, American Chicago school) - and this is the key strength of the book. Another one is the discussion of the 'neoliberal' (or, more precisely, ordoliberal) origins of the European Union. This is a very helpful discussion.

Where the book is more frustrating, however, is in other areas. First, don't expect any real theoretical insight beyond a revisiting of Foucault's work on neoliberalism (i.e. Birth of Biopolitics). Second, the overall analysis leaves a lot to be desired since the book's basis argument is that neoliberalism has (is?) transforming us (our subjectivities) such that we become or conduct ourselves like modern corporations. This is problematic on at least two fronts; first, the modern corporation is not defined (so the definition of neoliberalism is simply circular); and second, it is historical anachronistic, largely assuming that the 'modern' corporation is a static entity, form, set of governance processes, etc. - the authors really needed to engage with the conceptualization and manifestation of the corporation and how it has evolved in the same period the authors cover (and they don't do this). Finally, the last two chapters of the book, which represent the key intellectual contribution of the authors, are incredibly weak - they cry out for empirics, of whatever sort, to support the authors' theoretical claims, but it is simply lacking. Apart from those three points, there are a number of minor annoyances, like strawman arguments, that are unnecessary.

Overall, this book provides a helpful and important history of some aspects of neoliberalism(s), but its broader analytical claims are not well supported.
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