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Paperback 144 pp.
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Publication date:
February 2010

Imprint: OUP UK

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Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction

Manfred B. Steger and Dr. Ravi K. Roy

Series : Very Short Introductions

Anchored in the principles of the free-market economics, 'neoliberalism' has been associated with such different political leaders as Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Augusto Pinochet, and Junichiro Koizumi.

In its heyday during the late 1990s, neoliberalism emerged as the world's dominant economic paradigm stretching from the Anglo-American heartlands of capitalism to the former communist bloc all the way to the developing regions of the global South. At the dawn of the new century, however, neoliberalism has been discredited as the global economy, built on its principles, has been shaken to its core by a financial calamity not seen since the dark years of the 1930s.

So is neoliberalism doomed or will it regain its former glory? Will reform-minded G-20 leaders embark on a genuine new course or try to claw their way back to the neoliberal glory days of the Roaring Nineties? Is there a viable alternative to neoliberalism?

Exploring the origins, core claims, and considerable variations of neoliberalism, this Very Short Introduction offers a concise and accessible introduction to one of the most debated 'isms' of our time.

Readership : Suitable for general readers, and students and academics in several areas including Political Science, Comparative Government, International Relations, Economics, and Comparative Political Economy.

1. What's 'Neo' about Liberalism?
2. First-Wave Neoliberalism in the 1980s: Reaganomics and Thatcherism
3. Second-Wave Neoliberalism in the 1990s: Clinton's Market Globalism and Blair's Third Way
4. Neoliberalism and Asian Development
5. Neoliberalism in Latin America and Africa
6. Crises of Neoliberalism: The 2000s and Beyond

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Manfred B. Steger's academic fields of expertise include global studies, political and social theory, peace studies, and international politics. His most recent publications include Globalism: Market Ideology Meets Terrorism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) and Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (2003). Ravi K. Roy is Lecturer of Global Studies and teaches International Development and Global Studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. His research expertise is in Economic Policy and Public Policy. He is the co-editor of Neoliberalism: National and regional experiments with global ideas (Routledge, 2007) and the co-author of Fiscal Policy Convergence from Reagan to Blair: The Left Veers Right (Routledge, 2004).

Special Features

  • Examines various leaders and regimes; and their related neoliberal ideas.
  • Explores the major political, economic, and social dimensions of neoliberalism.
  • Clearly and concisely explains the ideas and leaders at the heart of the subject.