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A Brief History of Neoliberalism


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Introduction; 1. Freedom's Just Another Word ..; 2. The Construction of Consent; 3. The Neoliberal State; 4. Uneven Geographical Developments; 5. Neoliberalism with 'Chinese Characteristics'; 6. Neoliberalism on Trial; 7. Freedom's Prospect; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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Shortlisted for the Inaugural International Political Economy Group Annual Book Prize

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David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He formerly held professorial posts at Oxford University and The Johns Hopkins University, and has written extensively on the political economy of globalization, urbanization, and cultural change. Oxford University Press published his book 'The New Imperialism' in September 2003 (reissued in paperback February 2005).


David Harvey has produced an extraordinary book that is both informative and daring in its analsis. Ionnis Hlinavos, Development and Change 'presents a concise but extremely well-documented economic history of the last three decades, encompassing not only the usual G7 countries but the entire world, with a particular emphasis on the US and capitalist China.' Brian Holmes, Interactivist Info Exchange David Harvey has done it again. He has provided us with the most lively, readable, comprehensive, and critical guide to what might be called the condition of neoliberalism", uncovering its origins, tracing its spread around the globe, and exposing its devastating effects on the vast majority of people everywhere. Leo Panitch, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy, York University, Toronto With characteristic brilliance, David Harvey offers a razor-sharp analysis of the history and current condition of neoliberalism. In an intellectually extraordinary tour de force, he dissects the contradictions between the freedoms offered by neoliberalism and the liberties desired by the people. This book convincingly demonstrates how neoliberalism restores class power, flirts openly with authoritarianism, and undermines democratic impulses. With democracy under siege, freedom's prospect resides squarely in the struggle for new political governance. A must read if you want to know the state we are in and how to change it. Erik Swyngedouw, Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

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