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In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

Chapter 42: Neoliberalism, the Knowledge-Based Economy and the Entrepreneur as Metaphor

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Neoliberalism, the Knowledge-Based Economy and the Entrepreneur as Metaphor
Neoliberalism, the Knowledge-Based Economy and the Entrepreneur as Metaphor
Tomas Marttila
Introduction1

Even though neoliberalism is frequently described as an ideology that validates economic liberalization, unbound competition and the minimization of state power, it is inappropriate to reduce it to an economic doctrine (cf. Chopra, 2003; Foucault, 2008; Peters, 2001). Chopra (2003: 422) attributes the undisputable political success of neoliberalism ‘to the fact that … neoliberalism has managed to establish itself as a credible vision, at once universal and foundational, for describing social reality itself'. In other words, neoliberalism is not a strictly economic but rather a cultural phenomenon because it touches upon and transforms all social relations and identities without exception. Chopra ...

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