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The Neoliberal Paradox

Ray Kiely

This ambitious work provides a history and critique of neoliberalism, both as a body of ideas and as a political practice. It is an original and compelling contribution to the neoliberalism debate.
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Chapter 9: Actually existing neoliberalism I: post-politics and the new spirit of capitalism

Ray Kiely


This chapter examines de-politicisation and the post-political condition. The first section provides a basic introduction to the post-political condition, and the second section demonstrates the close link between de-politicisation, post-politics and neoliberalism. The third section widens the analysis and explores more widely the question of neoliberalism as a ‘new spirit of capitalism’ which involves some wider consideration of the sources of neoliberal strength and renewal, and here we look at questions around the new entrepreneurialism and the development of a new capitalism. The brief final section does, however, provide a preliminary assessment of the new capitalism and new times, which we move on to consider in more depth in the next two chapters.

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