Post-neoliberalism? An introduction

Davies, Will and Gane, Nicholas. 2021. Post-neoliberalism? An introduction. Theory, Culture & Society, 38(6), pp. 3-28. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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This article provides an introduction to the special issue on post-neoliberalism. It does so by considering challenges to the neoliberal order that have come, post-financial crisis, from the political right. It looks closely at the relation of neoliberalism to conservatism, on one hand, and libertarianism, on the other, in order to address the threat posed to the neoliberal order by paleoconservatism, neoreactionary politics, ordonationalism, libertarian paternalism, and different forms of sovereignty and elite power. The final section of this introduction reflects on the challenge to the neoliberal orthodoxy posed by the current COVID-19 crisis. For while events of 2020–21 have facilitated new forms of privatization of many public services and goods, they also signal, potentially, a break from the neoliberal orthodoxies of the previous four decades, and, in particular, from their overriding concern for the market.

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conservatism, crisis, financial markets, libertarianism, neoliberalism, post-neoliberalism, sovereignty

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Politics > Political Economy Research Centre


15 September 2021Published Online
November 2021Published

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17 Sep 2021 09:38

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22 Nov 2021 10:40

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