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Magnus Ryner

In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

Chapter 19: Neoliberalisation of European Social Democracy: Transmissions and Dispositions

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Neoliberalisation of European Social Democracy: Transmissions and Dispositions
Neoliberalisation of European Social Democracy: Transmissions and Dispositions
Magnus Ryner
Introduction

In his seminal statement, David Harvey (2005: 19) distinguishes between neoliberalisation as a utopian project to realise a theoretical design and neoliberalisation as a political project to restore capitalist class power and the conditions for capital accumulation after the crisis of the 1970s. The former serves as an instrumental rationality to justify and legitimate whatever needs to be done to achieve the latter. When the two are in conflict, that latter prevails and this ‘creative tension’ explains the complex variegated hybridity of actually existing neoliberalism.

This distinction between utopian theory and class-political practice is helpful as a starting-point for understanding how European social democracy ...

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