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Neoliberalism is a term used to describe a dominant political tendency within advanced Western capitalism; it is focused on the market and seeks to erode state and welfare dependency in the belief that the economy, liberated from constraints, achieves its own social balance. Sylvia Walby’s contrast between definitions of neoliberalism and social democracy is helpful here:

neoliberalism is characterized by attempts to limit the regulation of capital and markets in the economy, which thereby increase inequality and reduce the depth of democracy. Social democracy, by comparison, is characterized by attempts to deepen democracy so as to regulate capital, markets and violence in the interests of the majority of the population. (Walby 2011: 8)

Neoliberalism is expressed through advanced capitalism’s focus on market principles and the innate ...

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