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In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

Chapter 5: Neoliberalism as a Class-Based Project

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Neoliberalism as a Class-Based Project
Neoliberalism as a Class-Based Project
Neil Davidson
Introduction

At first glance, neoliberalism is so obviously a ‘class-based’ project that the phrase is redundant. Neoliberalism is a historical variant of capitalism, and capitalism, whatever else it might involve, is a form of society based on the exploitation of one class by another. By definition, then, any form of capitalism maintains the interests of the ruling class. The only reason for regarding neoliberalism as a special ‘project’ would be if these interests had been fundamentally denied or undermined. Such a claim was advanced by David Harvey in his foundational work, A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005), where he argued that neoliberalism can be seen ‘either as a utopian project ...

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