Over the last two decades, 'neoliberalism' has emerged as a key concept within a range of social science disciplines including sociology, political science, human geography, anthropology, political economy, and cultural studies. The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism showcases the cutting edge of contemporary scholarship in this field by bringing together a team of global experts. Across seven key sections, the handbook explores the different ways in which neoliberalism has been understood and the key questions about the nature of neoliberalism: Part 1: Perspectives Part 2: Sources Part 3: Variations and Diffusions Part 4: The State Part 5: Social and Economic Restructuring Part 6: Cultural Dimensions Part 7: Neoliberalism and Beyond This handbook is the key reference text for scholars and graduate students engaged in the growing field of neoliberalism.

Neoliberalizing the Welfare State: Marketizing Social Policy/Disciplining Clients

Neoliberalizing the Welfare State: Marketizing Social Policy/Disciplining Clients
Sanford F. Schram


We live during a time of transformation for the welfare state. Across the developed world but elsewhere too, changes in social welfare policies reflect the growing influence of the market-centered philosophy of neoliberalism (Schram, 2015: Ch. 1). It has become the default logic for public policymaking today. A long time in coming to ascendancy, neoliberalism arose in response as the welfare state gained traction during and after the Great Depression of the 1930s (Peck, 2011). Neoliberalism's basic tenets were promulgated by Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Gary Becker. It came to be associated with the ‘Chicago School’ of ...

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