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David J. Bailey

In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

Chapter 47: Neoliberalism and the Left: Before and After the Crisis

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Neoliberalism and the Left: Before and After the Crisis
Neoliberalism and the Left: Before and After the Crisis
David J. Bailey
Introduction

How has neoliberalism been experienced from the perspective of the left? What has been the relationship between neoliberalism and the left? Asking such questions suggests that the relationship between neoliberalism and the left is an external one. But for many, neoliberalism and the (decline of) the left are internally related. That is, a central aspect of neoliberalism is the systematic defeat, decline and disarticulation of the left (Harvey, 2007; Motta, 2008). While this is, of course, the case on one level, it would perhaps be better to consider neoliberalism as constituted by changing patterns of left politics and the ...

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