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A Research Agenda for Neoliberalism

Kean Birch

With an ever-expanding variety of perspectives on the concept of neoliberalism, it is increasingly difficult to identify any commonalities. This book explores how different people understand neoliberalism, and the contradictions in thinking of neoliberalism as a market-based ethic, project, or order. Detailing the intellectual history of ‘neoliberal’ thought, the variety of critical approaches and the many analytical ambiguities, Kean Birch presents a new way to conceptualize contemporary political economy and offers potential avenues for future research through a judicious exploration of ‘neoliberal’ practices, processes, and institutions.
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Chapter 3: How to think like a neoliberal

Kean Birch


This chapter aims to get readers to think like a neoliberal in order to understand the analytical bases for neoliberal claims about political-economic and normative benefits of markets. It starts by exploring the representation of markets in popular economics and then contrasting these representations with several neoliberal thinkers. The chapter focuses on four key neoliberal thinkers – Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, and Richard Posner – who represent different stages of development of ‘modern’ neoliberalism. In presenting the ideas of these thinkers, the chapter illustrates the different ways that neoliberals conceptualize society and the implications this has for understanding the role of markets as an organizing and coordinating mechanism for social life.

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