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Corporate Power and Neoliberalism
Corporate Power and Neoliberalism
Joshua Barkan
Introduction

Neoliberalism has been variously described as a political ideology, a set of policy prescriptions, or a new form of governmental rationality. In each case, however, neoliberalism has been closely associated with attacks on the robust role of states and public rights in private markets. Given this definition, the corporation provides a unique lens on neoliberalism. On the one hand, neoliberalism and associated models of globalization have aggressively promoted the interests of corporations as part of economic liberalization. Because neoliberalism has been understood as extending market relations and economic forms of calculation into ostensibly non-economic domains of social life, the terms ‘neoliberalism’ and ‘corporatization’ have often been used synonymously. In fields such ...

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