By William Davies
"A gleaming, unique, and provocative research of neoliberalism... a particular account of the varied, occasionally contradictory, conventions and justifications that lend authority to the extension of the spirit of competitiveness to all spheres of social life."
- Professor Bob Jessop, collage of Lancaster
"In an international that turns out to lurch from one monetary hindrance to the following, this booklet questions either the sovereignty of markets and the rules of festival and competitiveness that lie on the center of the neoliberal project."
- Professor Nicholas Gane, college of Warwick
because its highbrow inception within the Thirties and its political emergence within the Seventies, neo-liberalism has sought to disenchant politics by way of changing it with economics.
This agenda-setting textual content examines the efforts and screw ups of financial specialists to make executive and public existence amenable to dimension, and to re-model society and nation by way of festival. specifically, it explores the sensible use of financial recommendations and conventions by way of policy-makers, politicians, regulators and judges and the way those practices are being tailored to the perceived failings of the neoliberal version.
by means of selecting aside the defining contradiction that arises from the conflation of economics and politics, this booklet asks: to what quantity can economics offer executive legitimacy?
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Processes and rules which facilitate (or aim to facilitate) competition can themselves be understood as offering a normative sanction for inequality in some way. Critical denunciations of inequality as ‘illegitimate’ may miss the ways in which inequality is ‘legitimate’ because it is publicly and enthusiastically legitimated. Yet competition isn’t only defined by inequality of outcome. As this chapter will explore, ‘competitors’ must begin with something in common with one another if they are to ‘compete’.
These draw their authority from different political sources, as they employ economics to provide different types of legitimacy. To do so, they assume different implicit accounts of economic agency, deriving from different implicit accounts of how ‘free’ markets ought, in principle, to work. Following its disenchantment by economics and mantras of ‘transparency’ and ‘evidence’, politics mutates into something less visible. Studying the Neoliberal Expert The neoliberal state is an aggressively utilitarian state, in the sense that it seeks to make all political, legal and public action subject to quantitative empirical evaluation.
It is not just cold instrumental reason that underpins the authority of economics in the neoliberal state, but also its capacity to quantify, distinguish, measure and rank, so as to construct and help navigate a world of constant, overlapping competitions. The pragmatic utility of economic methodologies is to provide common measures and tests against which differences in value can be established. The very question of their sameness and their difference is one that only arises thanks to certain moral and technical claims, offered by various actors with varying levels of authority and expertise.
The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition by William Davies