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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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Kean Birch

academia, neoliberalism use in 8083
agency theory 11819, 159
Amadae, S.A. 48, 16970
American neoliberalism 656, 135
corporate monopoly 84
Anglo-American contract law 160
Anti-Trust Project (1953–57) 23, 110
Apeldoorn, B. van 67
Armstrong, R.A. 212
assumpsit contract 160
Austrian/neoliberal conceptions, of markets 41
Austrian School 246
Balsillie, J. 148
Barnes, H.E. 212
Barnett, C. 845, 87, 94
Becker, G.
background 445
markets in neoliberal epistemologies 478
biopolitics 134
The Birth of Biopolitics (Foucault) 65, 134
Blyth, M. 68
Boas, T. 58, 93
Bocconi School 25, 26
Braithewaite, J. 90, 91, 93
Brennetot, A. 22, 61
British School 25, 267
Brown, W. 42, 51, 66, 79, 131, 136, 1378, 143, 150, 186
Buchanan, James 29, 147
Burns, A. 21
business school, reproducing neoliberalism 11923
Cahill, D. 67
Campbell, J. 7071, 87
Capitalism and Freedom (Friedman) 44, 46
Chicago School 31, 121, 132, 135
corporate monopoly 86, 11012
first 27, 132
second 26, 2829, 86, 110
class analysis 67
Coase, R. 41, 112, 116, 118, 132, 145
Colloque Walter Lippmann5, 6, 1617
conceptions of neoliberalism
in critical perspectives
conceptual ambiguities 848
empirical ambiguities 8892
criticism of 92
Barnett, C. 94
Boas, T. 93
Braithewaite, J. 93
Flew, T. 94
Gans-Morse, J. 93
Garland, C. 94
Hardin, C. 95
Harper, S. 94
O’Neill, P. 95
Phelan, S. 94
Storper, M. 96
“strawman” concept 614, 94
Venugopal, R. 956
Weller, S. 95
conceptual ambiguities, in critical perspectives of neoliberalism 848
Foucault and governmentality 84
ideational perspectives 85
institutional analysis 87
Marxist perspective 845
monetarism 85
Ordoliberalism 84
processual perspective 87
Regulation School 87
contemporary capitalism 3, 91, 93, 103, 144, 148, 157, 1823
contract law
defined 15860
disclosure rules in 168
“equitable theory” of 167
Hayek, Friedrich 1646
history of 16064
formalism 16062
neo-formalism 164
realism 1623
making and unmaking neoliberal actors 16670
neoliberalism and 1646
see also standard contracts
contractual relations 412, 1712
“contractual theory” 11517, 171
contradictions of neoliberalism 78
corporate capitalism, three eras of 114
corporate form 118
evolution 11316
corporate governance 115
corporate monopoly 11719
Chicago School 11012
global trend 1078
layers 106
neoliberal perspectives of 111
problem of 1058
covenant contract 160
critical perspective neoliberalism 645
Foucault and governmentality 656
history and philosophy of economics 6970
human geography 723
ideational analysis 689
institutional analysis 7071
Marxism and class analysis 668
neoliberalization 73
processual perspective 73
State theory and Regulation School 712
Crouch, C. 29, 3940, 109, 143, 146
Dardot, P. 46, 84, 1368
Davis, G. 107
Dean, M. 92
deunionization 88
disclosure rules, in contract law 168
Dobbin, F. 71
“double truth” 86
Dowd, T. 71
Eagleton-Pierce, M. 133
economics
financial 11719, 121, 123
history and philosophy of 6970
law and 45, 48
neoclassical, contract in 15960
performative 367
textbooks 389
efficient market hypothesis (EMH) 117, 118
empirical ambiguities, in critical perspectives of neoliberalism 8892
financial deregulation 9091
financialization 8890
financial regulation 90
global financial crisis, 2007–2008 88
manifestations of neoliberalism 8890
public spending cuts and austerity 912
see also conceptual ambiguities, in critical perspectives of neoliberalism
end user license agreement (EULA) 173
entrepreneurs 13943
entrepreneurship, in neoliberal thought 1314
“entrepreneurs of the self” 1349, 142
epistemic approach, of markets
Becker, G. 478
Friedman, M. 467
Hayek, F. 456
Posner, R. 489
“equitable theory,” of contract 167
EuroMarkets 8990
fiat ownership 149
financial capitalism 116
financial deregulation 9091
financial economics 11719, 121, 123
financialization 8890
financial regulation 90
firm exits, in USA 140
firm start-ups, in USA 140
Fisher, Antony 19
Flew, T. 94
Ford and Carnegie Foundations 121
Fordism 712
formalism 16062, 167
Foucault, M. 656, 1348
and governmentality 84
free markets 467
criticizing 63
Free Market Study (1946–1952) 23, 110
Freiburg School 25, 28
French School 25, 27
Friedman, M. 22, 29, 48, 85, 105, 109, 111
background 434
markets in neoliberal epistemologies 467
Friedrich, C. 22
Gans-Morse, J. 58, 93
Garland, C. 94
GDP 92
German Historical School 26
German neoliberalism 135
Gide, C. 212
global financial crisis (2007–2008) 1, 13, 15, 20, 88, 91, 141, 184
globalization 6061
governance 118
evolution of 11316
governmentality, Foucault and 656, 84
government spending 92
Harcourt, B. 47, 48
Hardin, C. 95
Harper, S. 94
Hart, D. 158, 164, 166, 168, 174
Harvey, D. 42, 667, 845, 131, 149
Hayek, F. 26, 111, 133, 171
background 423
law of contract 1646
markets in neoliberal epistemologies 456
Hendrikse, R. 73
historical institutionalism 71, 87
Hodgson, G. 39, 40, 46, 129, 130, 159
homo economicus 135
Horwitz, M. 159, 160, 162
household debt 142
ideational perspectives 689, 85
informed consent 174
institutional perspective 7071, 87
intangible assets 145
intellectual history
of neoliberalism see neoliberal thought, intellectual history of
intellectual property (IP) rights 148
investors, rentiership and 1446
Italian School 25, 26
Jensen, M. 11718
Jessop, B. 712
Keynesian economics 27, 8990
Keynes, J.M. 1516
Kirzner, I. 134
Klein, N. 63, 64
Knight, F. 132
Kreitner, R. 161, 162
Laval, C. 46, 84, 136, 138
law and economics movement 112, 169, 176
Lippmann, W. 1617
managerial capitalism 11415
managerialism 120
market price competition 174
markets
Austrian/neoliberal conceptions of 41
and competition 40
in economic thought 369
neoclassical economics of 4042
neoliberal epistemologies of 459
neoliberalism and 34, 3942
neoliberals and 1089
and standard contracts 17075
Marxist perspective 668, 845, 94
Mason, P. 63, 64
McVicar, M. 17
Meckling, W. 11718
media, neoliberalism in 3
Miller, D. 1623, 1689
Mirowski, P. 46, 6970, 86
Monbiot, G. 63, 64
monetarism 856
Mont Pélerin Conference 23, 43
statement of aims 1819
Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) 15, 18, 23, 43, 69
neoclassical economics
contract in 15960
of markets 4042
neo-formalism 164, 166, 167
neoliberal epistemologies, of markets 459
neoliberalization 73
neoliberals
capitalism 116
and corporate monopoly 11013
search 82
use of 212
neoliberal subjectivities 1349
neoliberal thought
intellectual history of 1314
conventional narrative 1420
untangling the history of 2023
schools of 2430
neoliberal thought collective (NTC) 69, 70, 86
O’Neill, P. 95
Ordoliberals 6, 28, 41, 84, 111, 135
Ordoliberal School 25, 28, 164
organizational institutionalism 71
Peck, J. 58, 73
Pedersen, O. 7071, 87
Phelan, S. 94
Phillips-Fein, K. 86
Plehwe, D. 86
Polanyi, K. 113
Posner, R. 170
background 45
law and economics 489, 170
markets in neoliberal epistemologies 489
Prasad, M. 71, 85
“privatized Keynesianism” 143
processual perspectives 73, 87, 94
productive neoliberalism 136
property rights 489
reassignment of 45, 170
proprietary capitalism 113
public spending austerity 912
pure markets 46, 47
conditions 39
realism 1623, 167
Regulation School 712, 87
“regulatory capitalism” 91
rentiership 143, 183
neoliberalism and 14350
Robbins, Lionel 111
Ropke, Wilhelm 111
Rougier, Louis 1618, 27
schools of neoliberal thought 2430
Schumpeter, J. 133
self-employment rate 1412
Sidaway, J. 73
Sidgwick, Henry 158
Simons, H. 111
sophistication 1689
speculative investors 1446
standard contracts
contradictions within neoliberalism 173
making and unmaking markets 17071
neoliberalism and 1712
as underbelly of neoliberalism 1735
as “privately made law” 175
and transaction costs 1712, 174
State theory 712
Storper, M. 96
“strawman” concept of neoliberalism, criticism of 614, 94
Swarts, J. 69
Thatcher government, public spending 92
“thought collective” neoliberalism see neoliberal thought collective
Tickell, A. 73
transaction costs 112, 116
and standard contracts 1712, 174
Treanor, P. 172
Tullock, Gordon 29, 147
Venugopal, R. 956
Viner, Jacob 111
Virginia School 25, 29
Vogel, Steven 90
Volker Fund 1718, 86
von Mises, Ludwig 26, 423, 1334, 183
Weinstein, O. 171
Weller, S. 95
Whitley, R. 11819
“will theory” 1612
Zamir, E. 173, 174