Cummins, ID ORCID: 2019, 'Neoliberalism' , in: Social Work and Society: Political and Ideological Perspectives , Policy Press, pp. 50-62.

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From the mid 1970s onwards, neoliberalism has been the most influential political ideology. This influence has been exercised in several ways. In the Global North, neoliberal ideas have underpinned the electoral success of politicians such as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. Following their successes, progressive opposition parties such as New Labour under Tony Blair shaped their policies in response to a new political, economic and social landscape that had been created. In the Global South, following neoliberal economic policies became a condition of receiving support from supranational institutions such as the World Bank. Finally, the emerging economies of the post Soviet bloc followed key elements of neoliberal ideas. Neoliberal is almost all pervasive. Harvey’s (2007) book A brief History of Neoliberalism has on its cover, alongside Reagan and Thatcher, pictures of the Chilean military dictator, Pinochet and the Chinese Communist leader Deng Xiaoping. Testament to reach, influence and flexibility of this political and economic ideology.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Pollock, S, Parkinson, KP and Cummins, ID
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781447344704
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Depositing User: ID Cummins
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2020 10:15
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 17:03

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