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Constructing neoliberalism [electronic resource] : economic transformation in Anglo-American democracies /
Jonathan Swarts.
imprint
Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2013]
description
xi, 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
1442646462, 9781442646469
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Book
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imprint
Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2013]
isbn
1442646462
9781442646469
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
The construction of political-economic imaginaries -- Prelude to neoliberalism : the post-war policy paradigm and the economic turmoil of the 1970s -- The neoliberal revolution of the 1980s and beyond -- The strategic constructin of the neoliberal political-economic imaginary -- Labour markets and the power of partisanship -- "The market has won" : norm entrepreneurs and the Anglo-American neoliberal imaginary.
catalogue key
10499296
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-283) and index.
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"InConstructing Neoliberalism, Jonathan Swarts offers four strong case studies of how the neoliberal shift played out in the Anglo-American world. This book will be received as an important contribution to scholarship on these countries, on the broad historical story of neoliberalism, and on constructivist theorizing overall."
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Main Description
Constructing Neoliberalism presents a rich analysis of the shift to neoliberal economic policies in four Anglo-American democracies - Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand - over the course of the 1980s and 1990s. This period witnessed a dramatic shift away from traditional post-war consensus policies of active state economic intervention, public ownership, and full employment toward those informed by an ideological commitment to deregulation, privatization, entrepreneurialism, and freer trade.Jonathan Swarts argues that this transformation was not simply a marginal adjustment in existing economic policies, but rather the result of political elites seeking to reshape what he calls their societies "political-economic imaginaries." Swarts demonstrates that this shift cut across traditional party lines, and that in all four cases, the result was a new set of intersubjective norms about appropriate economic policies, the role of the state in the economy, the expectations and aspirations of citizens, and the very nature of an advanced industrial democracy in a globalizing world.
Main Description
Constructing Neoliberalism presents a rich analysis of the shift to neoliberal economic policies in four Anglo-American democracies - Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand - over the course of the 1980s and 1990s. This period witnessed a dramatic shift away from traditional post-war consensus policies of active state economic intervention, public ownership, and full employment toward those informed by an ideological commitment to deregulation, privatization, entrepreneurialism, and freer trade. Jonathan Swarts argues that this transformation was not simply a marginal adjustment in existing economic policies, but rather the result of political elites seeking to reshape what he calls their societies' "political-economic imaginaries." Swarts demonstrates that this shift cut across traditional party lines, and that in all four cases, the result was a new set of intersubjective norms about appropriate economic policies, the role of the state in the economy, the expectations and aspirations of citizens, and the very nature of an advanced industrial democracy in a globalizing world.
Main Description
Constructing Neoliberalism presents a rich analysis of the shift to neoliberal economic policies in four Anglo-American democracies Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand over the course of the 1980s and 1990s. This period witnessed a dramatic shift away from traditional post-war consensus policies of active state economic intervention, public ownership, and full employment toward those informed by an ideological commitment to deregulation, privatization, entrepreneurialism, and freer trade. Jonathan Swarts argues that this transformation was not simply a marginal adjustment in existing economic policies, but rather the result of political elites seeking to reshape what he calls their societies' "political-economic imaginaries." Swarts demonstrates that this shift cut across traditional party lines, and that in all four cases, the result was a new set of intersubjective norms about appropriate economic policies, the role of the state in the economy, the expectations and aspirations of citizens, and the very nature of an advanced industrial democracy in a globalizing world.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Construction of Political-Economic Imaginariesp. 3
Prelude to Neoliberalism: The Post-War Policy Paradigm" and the Economic Turmoil of the 1970sp. 41
The Neoliberal Revolution of the 1980s and Beyondp. 80
The Strategic Construction of the Neoliberal Political-Economic Imaginaryp. 122
Labour Markets and the Power of Partisanshipp. 155
"The Market Has Won": Norm Entrepreneurs and the Anglo-American Neoliberal Imaginaryp. 189
Appendixesp. 209
Notesp. 213
Referencesp. 237
Indexp. 285
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