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Constructions of Neoliberal Reason$
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Jamie Peck

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580576

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580576.001.0001

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Neoliberal Worlds

Neoliberal Worlds

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(p.1) 1 Neoliberal Worlds
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Constructions of Neoliberal Reason
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Jamie Peck

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580576.003.0001

This chapter examines the range of popular and academic meanings of neoliberalism, including its associations with the ‘Washington Consensus’ and with ‘Thatcherism’, as a prelude to proposing a political-economic definition of the phenomenon. Emphasis is placed on the uneven development of neoliberalism across geographical space and the temporal evolution of neoliberal ideology and practice. Neoliberalism has not diffused in an invariant form, but instead has developed in a geometric fashion, through the increasing global interpenetration of its contextually specific ‘local’ forms. The ontology of neoliberalism is presented here in terms of an evolving web of relays, routines, and relations of market-oriented political practices. In turn, this calls for a methodological strategy which draws attention, simultaneously, to the ‘connective tissues’ of the neoliberalization process and its conjuncturally specific manifestations. An adequate analysis of neoliberalism must therefore entail an historical geography of the phenomenon.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, Washington Consensus, neoliberal ideology, ontology, Thatcherism, neoliberal practice, historical geography, global interpenetration

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