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Calling for Resistance: the Electronic Panopticon of Call Centers and the Neoliberal Future of Work

by Jamie Woodcock* For Working the Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centres, I spent six months working undercover in a call centre in the UK. Taking inspiration from workers’ inquiry – a Marxist method of co-research that combines knowledge production with organising … Continue reading

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Foucault: Neoliberalism is not laissez-faire, but permanent vigilance, activity, and intervention

The following Michel Foucault’s sharp insights on neoliberalism were presented during his lecture series “The Birth of Biopolitics” at the Collège de France in 1979 — a few months before Thatcher and Reagan took power, but several decades after Walter Lippmann, … Continue reading

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World Inequality Report 2018: Great Data, Bright Analysis, Perturbing Reality

The World Inequality Lab led by Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman, Facundo Alvaredo and Lucas Chancel released today the first of its kind World Inequality Report 2018. The Report aims to become the comprehensive reference report on income and wealth inequality around … Continue reading

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Paul Samuelson: Chicago is not so much a place as a state of mind

In 1954 a future Nobel laureate in economic sciences Paul Samuelson published one of his seminal articles “The Pure Theory of Public Expenditure”, which formalized the concept of public goods (which he called “collective consumption goods”) — i.e. goods that … Continue reading

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Is Homo Economicus Dead?

by Peter Fleming* In Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street the narcissistic, egotistical and money hungry investment banker Jordan Belford memorably summed up his attitude to life: “Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Beyond the Left Turn: The Second Wave of Incorporation of the Popular Sectors in Latin America

by Federico M. Rossi*  Neoliberalism has been defined as crucial to the reformulation of state-society relations in the postcorporatist period because it has undermined the national-populist or – as Cavarozzi and Garretón (1989) called it – “state-centered matrix”, through the weakening, … Continue reading

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The Washington Consensus: Sociology of Economics and History of Ideas

In 1989, John Williamson, a fellow at the Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC which previously advised the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, presented a background paper to a conference aimed to explore how extensive were the policy reforms that were then … Continue reading

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The Political Economy and Economic Sociology of Brexit

In the beginning, it is said, was Brexit. “Brexit is a revolution”, it is said from the right and by the left. Revolution, though, is a Janus-faced concept that “evokes dialectically linked oppositions: light and darkness; rupture and continuity; liberation and oppression; … Continue reading

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Zygmunt Bauman on Liberalism and Neoliberalism

Zygmunt Bauman, one of the greatest thinkers of the post-Second World War period, a distinguished sociologist and influential public intellectual, has passed away. He has departed to “liquid eternity”, his family told. This is a sad news and an enormous loss. During … Continue reading

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Economics is an Imperial Science

George Stigler, a founding member of Mont Pelerin Society and a key preacher of neoliberal economics,  on what he proudly calls “economist-missionaries” (1984: 304) : “So economics is an imperial science: it has been aggressive in addressing central problems in a considerable number … Continue reading

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Corporate Governance — for the society and the environment

Our societies are all scarred by Milton Friedman’s creed that “the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits”; our economies are all wounded by corporations’ obsessive pursuit for short-term profit maximization; regrettably, we all pay the price of dodgy and excessive corporate … Continue reading

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Disentangling Neoliberalism: the key concepts

Neoliberalism has become an omnipresent term. Due its increasing pervasiveness into academic, political and media discourses, some perceive neoliberalism as an omnipotent phenomenon that explains everything, while others see it as a vague buzzword that hardly means something. Surveying this blog, for example, under the tag … Continue reading

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Unpaid Labor and the Neoliberal Myth of Meritocracy

Several months ago, a British columnist James Bloodworth published his first book The Myth of Meritocracy: Why Working-Class Kids Still Get Working Class Jobs. The main thesis of the book is precisely reflected in its title: it discusses the neoliberal false … Continue reading

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Back to the Future: Authoritarian Neoliberal Regime versus Democratic Social State

The destiny of the 20th century, especially after the WWII, has been determined and shaped by the multifaceted confrontation between capitalism and ‘communism’, the ‘West’ vis-a-vis the ‘East’. But history did not end in 1991, as some have tried to convince … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism and the political economy of corporate governance

Major corporate frauds and scandals since the early 2000s (e.g. WorldcCom, Enron, Arthur Andersen, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers) and the 2008 financial crisis have not just exposed the inherent destructiveness of the neoliberal economy and economics, but also turned the crucially important spotlight towards … Continue reading

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