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Neoliberalism and the Study of ‘Isms'1

Neoliberalism and the Study of Isms
Stephanie L. Mudge


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 to the liberal dictate that the state should end where markets ...

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