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The Logic of DisciplineGlobal Capitalism and the Architecture of Government$
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Alasdair Roberts

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374988

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374988.001.0001

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The Logic of Discipline

The Logic of Discipline

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The Logic of Discipline

Alasdair Roberts (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the focus of the book, an era in governmental reform that spanned thirty years. It began, roughly, in 1978-1980 with the advent of market reforms in China, led by Deng Xiaoping; the election of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and her subsequent assault on the British planned economy; and the election of U.S. president Ronald Reagan and his own program of economic deregulation. Economic liberalization was at first a revolutionary doctrine, but after three decades it became an orthodoxy promoted by center-left politicians (Democratic president Bill Clinton and Labor prime minister Tony Blair, for example) as well as those on the right. The book examines many of these reforms and shows that each of these reform projects had more in common than the shared objective of making the global economy run smoothly. They also shared a design philosophy called logic of discipline. This discipline, its limits, and impact of the onset of global financial crises in August 2007 are discussed.

Keywords:   government reform, economic liberalization, logic of discipline

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