8
Oct
2014
0

Consumers, or citizens?

Are we consumers, or are we citizens? Well, clearly most of us are both. In a capitalist economy people get much of what they need for their everyday lives through markets. Yet we also live in a polity, and we have a reasonable expectation that governments will provide a range of services and regulations that...
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13
Aug
2014
1

Reading Market Fundamentalism Through Polanyi

This weekend I’ll be speaking at the ‘Questioning the Utopian Springs of Market Economy’ conference at the University of Sydney. The conference marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of two antithetical books – Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation and Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom – and encourages participants to consider the influence and...
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6
Aug
2014
4

More, and lots of it: Neoliberal resilience in the face of crisis

Those on the Left often see the deregulatory ideologies of neoliberalism as a primary cause of the global economic crisis. Given this perceived failure, neoliberalism’s persistence can seem puzzling. But, as argued in my new book, The End of Laissez-Faire? On the Durability of Embedded Neoliberalism, this view ignores actually existing neoliberal policy; a clearer...
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