Neoliberalization: States, Networks, Peoples / Edition 1

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Neoliberalization: States, Networks, Peoples uncovers the complexities and contingencies of neoliberalization. The book is an analysis of cultural and social as well as political economic expressions of neoliberalization. The collection shows that neoliberalism is not an inevitable monolithic force, but is socially produced in particular places.

The book documents empirically some of the complementary differences in how neoliberalization unfolds in different parts of the world. The empirical focus moves away from the ideological heartlands of neoliberalism in the US and the UK. The book presents a range of topics, from the politics of microfinance in Nepal to struggles over the restructuring of the Canadian welfare state, from the role of foreign investment promotion officials in East Africa and East Asia to the New Zealand experience of "After Neoliberalism." By exploring neoliberalism in various settings across the globe, the book excavates the variegated and relational geographies of neoliberalization.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Neoliberalism is a word that can easily come to mean everything and so nothing. And yet the process and relations of ‘neoliberalization’ are far more significant than either of these meanings. By focusing on places in which neoliberalization is shaped and experienced, and on critical analyses of the processes and relations of which it is constituted, this book reveals its profound importance.”
Roger Lee, Queen Mary, University of London

“This excellent collection of essays brings substance to processes of neoliberalization and their impacts in different parts of the globe, from Argentina to Canada, Nepal to China, and New Zealand to Japan. It illuminates, from diverse intellectual and disciplinary traditions, the complexity and contingency of neoliberalisms through a detailed analysis of economic and political institutions, people, places, and networks involved in their (re)production and dissemination. This needs to be understood if we are to gain a better theorized account of concrete historical realities and gain leverage for alternative political directions.”
Helga Leitner, University of Minnesota

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405134316
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Series: Antipode Book Series , #6
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim England is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington.

Kevin Ward is Reader in Geography in the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     ix
List of Plates     x
List of Tables     xi
List of Contributors     xii
Preface     xvi
Introduction: Reading Neoliberalization   Kevin Ward   Kim England     1
"Mainstream" Economic Development and its Alternatives     23
Introduction to Part I     25
Competing Capitalisms and Neoliberalism: the Dynamics of, and Limits to, Economic Reform in the Asia-Pacific   Mark Beeson     28
Neoliberalizing the Grassroots? Microfinance and the Politics of Development in Nepal   Katharine N. Rankin   Yogendra B. Shakya     48
Within and between States and Markets: the Role of Intermediaries     77
Introduction to Part II     79
Learning to Compete: Communities of Investment Promotion Practice in the Spread of Global Neoliberalism   Nicholas A. Phelps   Marcus Power   Roseline Wanjiru     83
Temporary Staffing, "Geographies of Circulation," and the Business of Delivering Neoliberalization   Kevin Ward     110
Neoliberalizing Argentina?   Pete North     137
States and Subjectivities     163
Introduction to Part III     165
Neoliberalizing Home Care: ManagedCompetition and Restructuring Home Care in Ontario   Kim England   Joan Eakin   Denise Gastaldo   Patricia McKeever     169
Spatializing Neoliberalism: Articulations, Recapitulations, and (a Very Few) Alternatives   Catherine Kingfisher     195
Co-constituting "After Neoliberalism": Political Projects and Globalizing Governmentalities in Aotearoa/New Zealand   Wendy Larner   Richard Le Heron   Nicholas Lewis     223
Conclusion: Reflections on Neoliberalizations   Kim England   Kevin Ward     248
Bibliography     263
Index     293
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