An argument with neoliberalism: Australia's place in a global imaginary

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Weller, Sally and O'Neill, Phillip. (2014). An argument with neoliberalism: Australia's place in a global imaginary. Dialogues in Human Geography. 4(2), pp. 105 - 130. https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820614536334
AuthorsWeller, Sally and O'Neill, Phillip
Abstract

This article argues that the uncritical application of the lens of neoliberalism closes off opportunities for more rigorous analysis of actually existing socio-economic change. We ask whether Australia’s developmental trajectory over the last three decades can be described as neoliberalization and whether the outcome is a variety of neoliberalism. Instead of stitching together a story about variegated neoliberalism, we find an alternative narrative based around the notion of a developmental project more compelling. We document the spatial and political realities that have inhibited the roll-out of neoliberal ideas and practices in the Australian context. We think that instead of expanding the varieties of variegated neoliberalism to accommodate all manner of events and processes in all sorts of places, our task should be to recognize those instances where social, political, cultural or economic changes settle capitalism’s contradictions in ways that diverge from neoliberal frameworks and expectations. Our central point is that the role of academic research is to explain the lived world and to develop abstractions to aid that explanation, rather than to design an abstraction (neoliberalism) and then fit the lived world to its contours.

Keywordsaccumulation strategy; Australia; economic history; neoliberalism; restructuring
Year2014
JournalDialogues in Human Geography
Journal citation4 (2), pp. 105 - 130
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN2043-8206
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820614536334
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84975094267
Page range105 - 130
Research GroupInstitute for Religion, Politics, and Society
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
EditorsR. Kitchin
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