Soft Power and Freedom under the Coalition: State-Corporate Power and the Threat to Democracy

Soft Power and Freedom under the Coalition: State-Corporate Power and the Threat to Democracy

by E. Bell

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This study of five key policy areas, from welfare reform to foreign policy, demonstrates that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition failed to fulfil its promise to reverse the rising power of the State. It exercised more subtle forms of 'soft power', often in partnership with the private sector, and to the detriment of ordinary citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349505869
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Emma Bell is senior lecturer in British Studies at the Université de Savoie where she teaches courses on British history and politics, focusing particularly on neoliberal consensus politics. Her research on different aspects of state authoritarianism attempts to understand policy in its wider social and political context. She has published widely in France and the UK. Her last book Criminal Justice and Neoliberalism (2011) focused on penal authoritarianism under the New Labour governments. She is the current coordinator of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List Of Relevant UK Legislation Introduction: A Liberal Manifesto 1. Decentring The State Power-Sharing And Democratic Government The Governance Of Freedom Governing Through The 'Big Society' 2. Empowering The People Empowerment Through Welfare Reform Trapped In Poverty Muscular Liberalism And Welfare Muscular Liberalism And Multiculturalism Moral Liberalism? 3. Legislating For Freedom Taming Big Brother? Balancing Liberty And Security? Reconciling Freedom And Justice? 4. Economic Policy: From Small State To Big Business The Politics Of Austerity Corporate Welfare Light-Touch Regulation A Solid Coalition Of Interests Constructing A New Common Sense 5. Exporting Soft Power Soft Power And Corporate Imperialism Europe And Soft Power 6. Solving The Paradox Of Liberal Politics Liberal Authoritarianism In The Conservative Tradition Liberal Authoritarianism And The Liberal Democrats The Statecraft Of Neoliberal Governmentality Neoliberal Ideology And Authoritarianism Conclusion: New Directions For Liberalism? Bibliography Index

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