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Resilient liberalism in Europe's political economy /
edited by Vivien A. Schmidt and Mark Thatcher.
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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013, c2013
description
xxi, 449 p.
ISBN
1107041538 (hardback : alk. paper), 9781107041530 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013, c2013
isbn
1107041538 (hardback : alk. paper)
9781107041530 (hardback : alk. paper)
catalogue key
9043692
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Advance praise: 'Given the abject failure of neo-liberalism's latest policy offering - austerity - to promote growth in Europe, why are neo-liberal ideas and policies still the only game in town? The answer to such a simple question involves multiple threads of explanation, linking powerful interests to ideational plasticity, and institutional stickiness. Schmidt, Thatcher, and their collaborators have delivered a volume that gives us powerful answers to these pressing questions.' Mark Blyth, author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea
Advance praise: 'Neo-liberalism persists, paradoxically, as a dominant approach to European policymaking despite mountains of evidence showing that it fails to deliver on its promises. In Resilient Liberalism in Europe's Political Economy an outstanding team of social scientists explains this paradox by showing how neo-liberalism's malleability, partial implementation, discursive and institutional advantages and powerful supporters have frustrated most efforts to sweep it aside. In doing so they provide lessons about how we might defend against neo-liberalism in the future …' John L. Campbell, Class of 1925 Professor, Dartmouth College, and Professor of Political Economy, Copenhagen Business School
Advance praise: 'The neo-liberal trust in efficient markets has failed dramatically in the present crises, but the paradigm still seems to shape economic and social policies in Europe. The contributors to this volume have documented the resilience of neo-liberal beliefs and practices in a range of crucial policy fields and they succeed in explaining specific policy trajectories within a common frame of reference. Intellectually exciting and immensely enlightening.' Fritz W. Scharpf, Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
"Given the abject failure of neo-liberalism's latest policy offering - austerity - to promote growth in Europe, why are neo-liberal ideas and policies still the only game in town? The answer to such a simple question involves multiple threads of explanation, linking powerful interests to ideational plasticity, and institutional stickiness. Schmidt, Thatcher, and their collaborators have delivered a volume that gives us powerful answers to these pressing questions." - Mark Blyth, Author of Austerity, the History of a Dangerous Idea
"Neo-liberalism persists, paradoxically, as a dominant approach to European policymaking despite mountains of evidence showing that it fails to deliver on its promises. In Resilient Liberalism in Europe's Political Economy an outstanding team of social scientists explains this paradox by showing how neo-liberalism's malleability, partial implementation, discursive and institutional advantages and powerful supporters have frustrated most efforts to sweep it aside. In doing so they provide lessons about how we might defend against neo-liberalism in the future!" - John L. Campbell, Class of 1925 Professor, Dartmouth College, and Professor of Political Economy, Copenhagen Business School
"The neo-liberal trust in efficient markets has failed dramatically in the present crises, but the paradigm still seems to shape economic and social policies in Europe. The contributors to this volume have documented the resilience of neo-liberal beliefs and practices in a range of crucial policy fields and they succeed in explaining specific policy trajectories within a common frame of reference. Intellectually exciting and immensely enlightening." - Fritz W. Scharpf, Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
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Why have neoliberal economic ideas survived and thrived since the 1980s, taking Europe from boom to bust? This groundbreaking book examines how neoliberal ideas have influenced key areas of policy and politics both in the European Union and across European countries.
Main Description
Why have neoliberal economic ideas been so resilient since the 1980s, despite major intellectual challenges, crippling financial and political crises, and failure to deliver on their promises? Why do they repeatedly return, not just to survive but to thrive? This groundbreaking book proposes five lines of analysis to explain the dynamics of both continuity and change in neoliberal ideas: the flexibility of neoliberalism's core principles; the gaps between neoliberal rhetoric and reality; the strength of neoliberal discourse in debates; the power of interests in the strategic use of ideas; and the force of institutions in the embedding of neoliberal ideas. The book's highly distinguished group of authors shows how these possible explanations apply across the most important domains - fiscal policy; the role of the state; welfare and labour markets; regulation of competition and financial markets; management of the Euro; and corporate governance - in the European Union and across European countries.
Main Description
Why have neo-liberal economic ideas been so resilient since the 1980s, despite major intellectual challenges, crippling financial and political crises, and failure to deliver on their promises? Why do they repeatedly return, not only to survive but to thrive? This groundbreaking book proposes five lines of analysis to explain the dynamics of both continuity and change in neo-liberal ideas: the flexibility of neo-liberalism's core principles; the gaps between neo-liberal rhetoric and reality; the strength of neo-liberal discourse in debates; the power of interests in the strategic use of ideas; and the force of institutions in the embedding of neo-liberal ideas. The book's highly distinguished group of authors shows how these possible explanations apply across the most important domains - fiscal policy, the role of the state, welfare and labour markets, regulation of competition and financial markets, management of the Euro, and corporate governance - in the European Union and across European countries.

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