Introduction: Reinventing liberal ideology

Rachel S. Turner

in Neo-Liberal Ideology

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780748632688
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652792 | DOI:
Introduction: Reinventing liberal ideology

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This chapter notes that it is apparent that neo-liberalism constitutes a complex set of thought practices. These thought practices can be analysed in three interconnected ways. First, they can be analysed through processes of conceptual change and adjustment within the internal structure of neo-liberalism. Second, they can be analysed through the historical context that shapes and sustains meaningful ideological expressions. Third, they can be analysed through the ideational boundaries of neoliberalism's core concepts. The book aims to determine the contours of this liberal movement, which has popularly become known in academic and policy debates as neo-liberalism. Its principal objective is to uncover the distinct elements of neo-liberalism in the national contexts of Germany, Britain, and the United States during the second half of the twentieth century, through contextual and conceptual analysis.

Keywords: liberal movement; neo-liberalism; thought practices; conceptual change; Germany; Britain; United States

Chapter.  6908 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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