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Dissolving the public realm?: The logics and limits of neo-liberalism

Clarke, John (2004). Dissolving the public realm?: The logics and limits of neo-liberalism. Journal of Social Policy, 33(01) pp. 27–48.

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This paper explores the changing fortunes of the public realm during the last two decades. It poses the problem of how we think about globalisation and neo-liberalism as forces driving these changes. It then examines how different aspects of the public realm – understood as public interest, as public services and as a collective identity – have been subjected to processes of dissolution. Different processes have combined in this dissolution – in particular, attempts to privatise and marketise public services have been interleaved with attempts to de-politicise the public realm. Tracing these processes reveals that they have not been wholly successful – encountering resistances, refusals and negotiations that mean the outcomes (so far) do not match the world imagined in neo-liberal fantasies.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1469-7823
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 4377
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Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2010 00:20
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