The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: The Collapse of an Economic Order?

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Kean Birch, Vlad Mykhnenko
Zed Books, Aug 15, 2010 - Political Science - 280 pages
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The recent, devastating and ongoing economic crisis has exposed the faultlines in the dominant neoliberal economic order, opening debate for the first time in years on alternative visions that do not subscribe to a 'free' market ethic. In particular, the core contradiction at the heart of neoliberalism -- that states are necessary for the functioning of free markets -- provides us with the opportunity to think again about how we want to organise our economies and societies. The Rise and Fall of Neloberalism presents critical perspectives of neoliberal policies, questions the ideas underpinning neoliberalism, and explores diverse response to it from around the world. In bringing together the work of distinguished scholars and dedicated activists to question neoliberal hegemony, the book exposes the often fractured and multifarious manifestations of neoliberalism which will have to be challenged to bring about meaningful social change.

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Kean Birch is a lecturer in the Department of Geography and Sociology at the University of Strathclyde. Previously he was a research fellow in the Centre for Public Policy for Regions at the University of Glasgow. His main research interests concern the social and geographical basis of different economies and especially the implications that new knowledge, science and technologies have for these economies. He teaches courses on globalisation, neoliberalism and knowledge-based economies. Vlad Mykhnenko is a research fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Nottingham.  Previously he was a research fellow in the Centre for Public Policy for Regions at the University of Glasgow.

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