Neo-Liberal Ideology: History, Concepts and Policies: History, Concepts and Policies

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Edinburgh University Press, Feb 7, 2008 - Political Science - 256 pages
Neo-liberalism has been one of the most influential ideologies since the Second World War. This book provides an original account of its intellectual foundations, development and conceptual configuration as an ideology.Newly available in paperback, this book presents a comparative study of the development and the nature of neo-liberal ideas in the national contexts of Germany, Britain and the United States since the twentieth century, addressing the following questions: * What are neo-liberalism's intellectual origins? * What influence did neo-liberalism have on public policy debates? * What are neo-liberalism's core concepts and how have they been interpreted in different national contexts that make it a distinctive ideology? In answering these questions, the book provides a deeper insight into the historical and intellectual origins and conceptual configuration of an ideology that reshaped politics and societies across the world.
 

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Contents

Reinventing liberal ideology
1
Ideas in Context
19
2 Liberal traditions
21
3 The rebirth of liberalism
47
4 Reinventing the liberal agenda
80
Political Concepts
113
Against the state
115
The legitimacy of state provision
140
Government and the rule of law
167
Individualism and ownership
192
9 Conclusion
216
Bibliography
227
Index
244
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Rachel S. Turner is Researcher at the Keele University

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