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Citizen-consumers and public service reform: At the limits of neo-liberalism?

Clarke, John (2007). Citizen-consumers and public service reform: At the limits of neo-liberalism? Policy Futures in Education, 5(2) pp. 239–248.

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This article addresses the question: what is not neoliberal? It explores the problem of treating neoliberalism's universalising ambitions as having come true and argues that this obscures both the uneven and partial impact of neoliberalism and the forms of political cultural work that are needed to make it come true. Focussing on one quintessential neoliberal development - the transformation of citizens into consumers - the article uses evidence from a recent study of public service reform in the United Kingdomn to suggest that beoliberal subjects have not (yet) materialised in this specific context. It considers how New Labour and neoliberal discourses 'tell the time' of other social imaginaries, attempting to residualise them as leftovers from earlier ways of thinking.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 Symposium Journals
ISSN: 1478-2103
Keywords: citizens; consumers; public service reform; New Labour; neoliberalism; subjects; time;
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 18126
Depositing User: John Clarke
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2009 13:05
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 12:16
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