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Neoliberalism

THE NEW WAY OF THE WORLD: ON NEOLIBERAL SOCIETY 

By Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval 

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FEBRUARY 2014
http://www.versobooks.com/books/1511-the-new-way-of-the-world 

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Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval’s acute analysis of neoliberalism

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Exploring the genesis of neoliberalism, and the political and economic circumstances of its deployment, Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval dispel numerous common misconceptions. Neoliberalism is neither a return to classical liberalism nor the restoration of “pure” capitalism. To misinterpret neoliberalism is to fail to understand what is new about it: far from viewing the market as a natural given that limits state action, neoliberalism seeks to construct the market and make the firm a model for governments. Only once this is grasped will its opponents be able to meet the unprecedented political and intellectual challenge it poses.

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“To understand these debates [on neoliberalism], the book by Christian Laval and Pierre Dardot on the ‘neoliberal society’ offers us analytical keys. This monument of scholarship draws on the history of ideas, philosophy and sociology.”
– Le Monde

“Extremely scholarly, this book is an insistent invitation to push theoretical and social critique of the present order beyond the standard analyses.”

– Le Monde diplomatique

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Christian Laval is Professor of Sociology at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. His other books include L’Ambition sociologique: Saint-Simon, Comte, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Weber; Jeremy Bentham, les artifices du capitalism; L’École n’est pas une entreprise: Le néo-libéralisme à l’assaut de l’enseignement public; and L’Homme économique: Essai sur les racines du néolibéralisme.

Pierre Dardot is a philosopher and specialist in Hegel and Marx. His previous books include Sauver Marx?: Empire, multitude, travail immatériel (with Christian Laval and El Mouhoub Mouhoud) and Marx, prénom: Karl (with Christian Laval).

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Hardback / 352 pages / ISBN: 9781781681763 / February 2014 / $29.95 / £20.00 / $34.95CAN 

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