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Scholars on Neoliberalism

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The literature on neoliberalism is large. Here are some scholarly books on this subject or on related matters: The power of market fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi's critique, by Fred Block & Margaret R. Somers (2016). Undoing the demos: Neoliberalism's stealth revolution, by Wendy Brown (2015). The great persuasion: Reinventing free markets since the Depression, by Angus Burgin (2015). The strange non-death of neoliberalism, by Colin Crouch (2013). The birth of biopolitics: lectures at the Collège de France, 1978 - 1979, by Michel Foucault (2010). The illusion of free markets: Punishment and the myths of natural order, by Bernard E. Harcourt (2012). (I haven't read this one.) A brief history of neoliberalism, by David Harvey (2007). Masters of the universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the birth

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The literature on neoliberalism is large. Here are some scholarly books on this subject or on related matters:

I think this literature has some common themes:

  • Neoliberalism was always a global project. (Is there a whole literature on Latin America I am missing?)
  • Markets are not natural, but a society organized around such must be created by a system of laws, along with instilling a "common sense" in the population so governed.
  • Neoliberalism must be accompanied by control on or limitations of democracy.
  • The development of neoliberalism was funded by extremely wealthy individuals around the world, who sought to prevent their project from receiving public scrutiny.
  • Those academics funded to develop apologetics and guidance were always interdisciplinary, including those specializing in law and international relations, as well as in economics.

The literature also contains disagreements, including what institutions, groups, and individuals to emphasize in telling the story of the project of imposing neoliberalism on the world.

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