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Is the term neoliberalism useful?

  Originally published at PPE. There is an emerging body of literature questioning the usefulness of the term ‘neoliberalism’. This work has highlighted the tendency for new analysis to simply add another yet more precise definition of neoliberalism in an effort — as Rajesh Venugopalsays — ‘to refine, complicate and extend old concepts, or to […]

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Response to Megalogenis in Quarterly Essay

I recently had a short piece, co-authored by  Tad Tietze, printed in response to George Megalogenis’ essay ‘Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal’. The Megalogenis essay is available in Quarterly Essay Issue 61, and our response in Issue 62. Here is a short excerpt of the response: We believe that no matter how brilliant and balanced a reform program […]

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Why didn’t neoliberalism start during the Fraser Government

Many people associate the beginning of neoliberalism with the election of conservative governments influenced by the New Right and theorists such as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. A useful question to ask, then, is why didn’t the vanguard neoliberal period commence during Australia’s conservative Liberal government (1975-1983) led by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser? One explanation […]

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Travels with Gramsci

This post was first published at Progress in Political Economy, the blog of the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Click here for the audio of my talk on Soundcloud. *** Some paths to an event seem particularly labyrinthine, which only adds to the joy once a project reaches an unexpected destination. […]

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Neoliberalism and the Accord: 3CR podcast

The 14th Biennial National Labour History Conference, ‘Fighting Against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century’ was held at Queen’s College, University of Melbourne, 11-13 February 2015. My paper on ‘The Accord after Thirty Years: Corporatism in the Neoliberal Era‘ was recorded by the Solidarity Breakfast program on 3CR, who featured excerpts from it as a part […]

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Anti-politics and the illusions of neoliberalism

We live in anti-political times. After a twentieth century in which Western societies experienced the rise and entrenchment of mass representative institutions, where hundreds of millions of people accepted that politics was the main way to have their social interests advanced, these arrangements have ever more obviously fallen into disrepair, decay and even frank breakdown. […]