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Resilient liberalism in Europe's political economy

Schmidt, Vivien A. and Thatcher, Mark, eds. (2013) Resilient liberalism in Europe's political economy. Contemporary European politics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107041530

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Why have neoliberal economic ideas been so resilient since the 1980s, despite major intellectual challenges, crippling financial and political crises, and failure to deliver on their promises? Why do they repeatedly return, not just to survive but to thrive? This groundbreaking book proposes five lines of analysis to explain the dynamics of both continuity and change in neoliberal ideas: the flexibility of neoliberalism's core principles; the gaps between neoliberal rhetoric and reality; the strength of neoliberal discourse in debates; the power of interests in the strategic use of ideas; and the force of institutions in the embedding of neoliberal ideas. The book's highly distinguished group of authors shows how these possible explanations apply across the most important domains – fiscal policy; the role of the state; welfare and labour markets; regulation of competition and financial markets; management of the Euro; and corporate governance – in the European Union and across European countries.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2013 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Government
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 08:41
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:59

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