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The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government

Alasdair Roberts


The era of economic liberalization, spanning 1978 to 2008, is often regarded as a period in which government was simply dismantled. In fact, government was reconstructed to meet the needs of a globalized economy. Central banking, fiscal control, tax collection, regulation, port and airport management, infrastructure development—in all of these areas, radical reforms were made to the architecture of government. A common philosophy shaped all of these reforms: the logic of discipline. It was premised on deep skepticism about the ability of democratic processes to make sensible policy choices. It ... More

Keywords: economic liberalization, architecture of government, globalized economy, central banking, fiscal control, tax collection, regulation, airport management, infrastructure development, radical reforms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195374988
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374988.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alasdair Roberts, author
Suffolk University Law School
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