Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture

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William Callison, Zachary Manfredi
Fordham University Press, Nov 5, 2019 - Political Science - 320 pages
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Tales of neoliberalism’s death are serially overstated. Following the financial crisis of 2008, neoliberalism was proclaimed a “zombie,” a disgraced ideology that staggered on like an undead monster. After the political ruptures of 2016, commentators were quick to announce “the end” of neoliberalism yet again, pointing to both the global rise of far-right forces and the reinvigoration of democratic socialist politics. But do new political forces sound neoliberalism’s death knell or will they instead catalyze new mutations in its dynamic development?

Mutant Neoliberalism brings together leading scholars of neoliberalism—political theorists, historians, philosophers, anthropologists and sociologists—to rethink transformations in market rule and their relation to ongoing political ruptures. The chapters show how years of neoliberal governance, policy, and depoliticization created the conditions for thriving reactionary forces, while also reflecting on whether recent trends will challenge, reconfigure, or extend neoliberalism’s reach. The contributors reconsider neoliberalism’s relationship with its assumed adversaries and map mutations in financialized capitalism and governance across time and space—from Europe and the United States to China and India. Taken together, the volume recasts the stakes of contemporary debate and reorients critique and resistance within a rapidly changing landscape.

Contributors: ╔tienne Balibar, S÷ren Brandes, Wendy Brown, Melinda Cooper, Julia Elyachar, Michel Feher, Megan Moodie, Christopher Newfield, Dieter Plehwe, Lisa Rofel, Leslie Salzinger, Quinn Slobodian


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Theorizing Mutant Neoliberalism
1 Neoliberalisms Scorpion Tail
Milton Friedman and the Making of Neoliberal Populism ...
3 Neoliberals against Europe
4 AntiAusterity on the Far Right
A European Project
6 Neoliberalism Rationality and the Savage Slot ...
Finding Masculinity at Work
Neoliberalisms PublicPrivate Divide ...
Top Ten Reasons to Abolish Disruptive Innovation ...
10 Absolute Capitalism
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William Callison (Edited By)
William Callison is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College. He is co-editor of “Rethinking Sovereignty and Capitalism” (Qui Parle) and of “Europe at a Crossroads” (Near Futures Online, Zone Books).

Zachary Manfredi (Edited By)
Zachary Manfredi is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Humanity, The New York University Law Review, The Texas Journal of International Law, and Critical Times.

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