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Neo-democracy: ‘useful idiot’ of neo-liberalism?

Gearty, Conor ORCID: 0000-0002-3885-2650 (2016) Neo-democracy: ‘useful idiot’ of neo-liberalism? British Journal of Criminology, 56 (6). pp. 1087-1106. ISSN 0007-0955

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Identification Number: 10.1093/bjc/azw010


This article explores a possible link between ‘neo-democratic’ states (the subject of a recent book by the author) and the underlying politico-economic ideology of our post-1989 world, neo-liberalism. Taking the United Kingdom and the United States as examples, it argues that the shift in our way of looking at the world that neo-liberalism represents involves a forsaking of many of the assumptions of the social democratic polity of the 20th century. However, this is not a leap into an unknown future so much as it is a return to a particular past. In the threatened transition to fully fledged neo-liberalism, ‘neo-democracy’ fulfils a useful role as mask that hides from us the great political, ethical and legal changes entailed in such a move.

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Divisions: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 15:30
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 02:58

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