The Uses of Neoliberalism
Version of Record online: 25 MAR 2010
© 2009 The Authors Journal compilation © 2009 Editorial Board of Antipode.
Volume 41, Issue Supplement s1, pages 166–184, January 2010
How to Cite
Ferguson, J. (2010), The Uses of Neoliberalism. Antipode, 41: 166–184. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2009.00721.x
- Issue online: 25 MAR 2010
- Version of Record online: 25 MAR 2010
- South Africa;
- basic income;
Abstract: The term “neoliberalism” has come to be used in a wide variety of partly overlapping and partly contradictory ways. This essay seeks to clarify some of the analytical and political work that the term does in its different usages. It then goes on to suggest that making an analytical distinction between neoliberal “arts of government” and the class-based ideological “project” of neoliberalism can allow us to identify some surprising (and perhaps hopeful) new forms of politics that illustrate how fundamentally polyvalent neoliberal mechanisms of government can be. A range of empirical examples are discussed, mostly coming from my recent work on social policy and anti-poverty politics in southern Africa.