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The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

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April 2018 | 720 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Over the last two decades, ‘neoliberalism’ has emerged as a key concept within a range of social science disciplines including sociology, political science, human geography, anthropology, political economy, and cultural studies. 

The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism showcases the cutting edge of contemporary scholarship in this field by bringing together a team of global experts. Across seven key sections, the handbook explores the different ways in which neoliberalism has been understood and the key questions about the nature of neoliberalism: 

Part 1: Perspectives
Part 2: Sources
Part 3: Variations and Diffusions
Part 4: The State
Part 5: Social and Economic Restructuring
Part 6: Cultural Dimensions
Part 7: Neoliberalism and Beyond

This handbook is the key reference text for scholars and graduate students engaged in the growing field of neoliberalism. 

Part 01: Perspectives
Jamie Peck, Neil Brenner and Nik Theodore
Chapter 1: Actually Existing Neoliberalism
Sarah Babb and Alexander Kentikelenis
Chapter 2: International Financial Institutions as Agents of Neoliberalism
Nour Dados and Raewyn Connell
Chapter 3: Neoliberalism in World Perspective: Southern Origins and Southern Dynamics
Mitchell Dean
Chapter 4: Foucault and the Neoliberalism Controversy
Neil Davidson
Chapter 5: Neoliberalism as a Class-Based Project
Vivien A. Schmidt
Chapter 6: Ideas and the Rise of Neoliberalism in Europe
Part 02: Sources
Dieter Plehwe
Chapter 7: Neoliberal Thought Collectives: Integrating Social Science and Intellectual History
Robert Van Horn and Edward Nik-Khah
Chapter 8: Planning the ‘Free’ Market: The Genesis and Rise of Chicago Neoliberalism
Yahya M. Madra and Fikret Adaman
Chapter 9: Neoliberal Turn in the Discipline of Economics: Depoliticization Through Economization
João Rodrigues
Chapter 10: Embedding Neoliberalism: The Theoretical Practices of Hayek and Friedman
John Quiggin
Chapter 11: Neoliberalism: Rise, Decline and Future Prospects
June Carbone
Chapter 12: Gary Becker: Neoliberalism’s Economic Imperialist
Daniel Stedman Jones
Chapter 13: The Neoliberal Origins of the Third Way: How Chicago, Virginia and Bloomington Shaped Clinton and Blair
Brigitte Young
Chapter 14: Contemporary Anglo-Saxon Neoliberalism is Not German Ordoliberalism
Part 03: Variations and Diffusions
Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval, Translated by Melinda Cooper
Chapter 15: Foucault, Neoliberalism and Europe
Peter Kingstone
Chapter 16: The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again?) of Neoliberalism in Latin America
Isabella M. Weber
Chapter 17: China and Neoliberalism: Moving Beyond the China is/is not Neoliberal Dichotomy
Gareth Dale and Adam Fabry
Chapter 18: Neoliberalism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Magnus Ryner
Chapter 19: Neoliberalisation of European Social Democracy: Transmissions and Dispositions
Nitsan Chorev
Chapter 20: Neoliberalism and Supra-National Institutions
Part 04: The State
William Davies
Chapter 21: The Neoliberal State: Power Against ‘Politics’
Pat O’Malley
Chapter 22: Neoliberalism, Crime and Criminal Justice
Erik Swyngedouw
Chapter 23: CO2 as Neoliberal Fetish: The Love of Crisis and the Depoliticized Immuno-Biopolitics of Climate Change Governance
Sanford F. Schram
Chapter 24: Neoliberalizing the Welfare State: Marketizing Social Policy/Disciplining Clients
Jason Hackworth
Chapter 25: Religious Neoliberalism
Alfredo Saad-Filho
Chapter 26: Monetary Policy and Neoliberalism
Bob Jessop
Chapter 27: Neoliberalism and Workfare: Schumpeterian or Ricardian?
David Coates
Chapter 28: Progressive Politics Under Neoliberalism
Miguel Vatter
Chapter 29: Neoliberalism and Republicanism: Economic Rule of Law and Law as Concrete Order (Nomos)
Mark Olssen
Chapter 30: Neoliberalism and Democracy: A Foucauldian Perspective on Public Choice Theory, Ordoliberalism, and the Concept of the Public Good
Part 05: Social and Economic Restructuring
Kim Moody
Chapter 31: The Neoliberal Remaking of the Working Class
Martijn Konings
Chapter 32: Governing the System: Risk, Finance and Neoliberal Reason
David M. Kotz
Chapter 33: Neoliberalism, Inequality, and Capital Accumulation
Joshua Barkan
Chapter 34: Corporate Power and Neoliberalism
Tim Di Muzio
Chapter 35: Disciplinary Neoliberalism, the Tyranny of Debt and the 1%
Lisa Adkins
Chapter 36: Neoliberalism’s Gender Order
Margit Mayer
Chapter 37: Neoliberalism and the Urban
Nicholas Kiersey
Chapter 38: Austerity as Tragedy? From Neoliberal Governmentality to the Critique of Late Capitalist Control
Aaron Shakow, Robert Yates and Salmaan Keshavjee
Chapter 39: Neoliberalism and Global Health
Part 06: Cultural Dimensions
Sean Phelan
Chapter 40: Neoliberalism and Media
Michael A. Peters and Petar Jandric´
Chapter 41: Neoliberalism and the University
Tomas Marttila
Chapter 42: Neoliberalism, the Knowledge-Based Economy and the Entrepreneur as Metaphor
Sam Binkley
Chapter 43: The Emotional Logic of Neoliberalism: Reflexivity and Instrumentality in Three Theoretical Traditions
Kean Birch, David Tyfield and Margaret Chiappetta
Chapter 44: From Neoliberalizing Research to Researching Neoliberalism: STS, Rentiership and the Emergence of Commons 2.0
Part 07: Neoliberalism and Beyond
Owen Worth
Chapter 45: Resistance to Neoliberalism Before and Since the Global Financial Crisis
Simon Springer
Chapter 46: No More Room in Hell: Neoliberalism as Living Dead
David J. Bailey
Chapter 47: Neoliberalism and the Left: Before and After the Crisis
Julian Reid
Chapter 48: Neoliberalism, Development and Resilience

This is easily the most comprehensive survey of neoliberalism available, covering the contested meanings of the term, its political and intellectual origins, institutional shape, geographic diffusion, and implications across a wide range of domains. The editors have assembled a formidable set of contributors, including many who themselves played a central role in defining and debating how best to understand neoliberalism. Also welcome in this volume is a recognition of the limits to neoliberalism and the ways in which resistance to it has reshaped the terrain of contemporary capitalism.

Chris Howell
Professor of Politics, Oberlin College, Ohio

Comprehensive in coverage and elegantly organized, this collection of thoughtful essays probes the history, varieties, political economy and socio-cultural logic of neoliberalism – the signature paradigm of our time. An indispensable resource for researchers and students interested in grasping the dynamics of crisis and change in contemporary capitalism.

William K. Carroll
University of Victoria

From the analyses of globalisation in the 1990s onwards, neoliberalism has become a widely studied phenomenon. And yet, its meaning has often been more assumed than closely defined and there has been little agreement on what it actually constitutes. Bringing together scholars from different disciplines and critically engaging with neoliberalism in a range of varied contexts, this Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of, and engagement with, this concept. This is a welcome, state-of-the-art volume, which will become essential reading across the Social Sciences and Humanities for staff and students alike. 

Andreas Bieler
Professor of Political Economy, University of Nottingham

Amidst the waves of socio-economic troubles roiling the world, neoliberalism has often been identified as an explanatory cause. Yet dissecting the neoliberal body – along the lines of its historical gestation, behaviour, convulsions, and adaptability – is a very difficult enquiry. Organised around a stellar cast of perceptive writers, this SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism is the go-to volume for understanding these problems. Not only does it shed fresh light on many established topics, but the book pushes the study of neoliberalism into new territory, in the process adding further complexity to the neoliberal condition.

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, SOAS University of London

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