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The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.

Neoliberalism and the Study of ‘Isms'1
Neoliberalism and the Study of Isms
Stephanie L. Mudge
Introduction

Neoliberalism is a Western political ideology that sets apart and sacralizes the market. It is ‘neo’ in at least two senses. One sense is historical: neoliberalism's articulators were wartime-generation academics and professionals who were reacting to the emergence of new regulatory, welfarist, labor-friendly, and Keynesian institutions between the 1930s and the 1960s – that is, a very specific set of historical circumstances. The second sense in which neoliberalism is ‘neo’ has to do with its governmental logic: the distinctive logic of neoliberalism is that markets are both the means and ends of government, as opposed ...

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