Neoliberalism and Neoliberalization: Helpful Devices for the Analysis of Urban Development in the Middle East and North Africa

<div>Neoliberalism is a widely used in social&nbsp;science to refer to processes such as&nbsp;privatization, deregulation, commodification, and austerity. Quite often in this&nbsp;interpretative framework, neoliberalism&nbsp;is also associated with the dismantling of&nbsp;t...

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Published in:Middle East - Topics & Arguments
Main Author: Heeg, Susanne
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2019
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Summary:<div>Neoliberalism is a widely used in social&nbsp;science to refer to processes such as&nbsp;privatization, deregulation, commodification, and austerity. Quite often in this&nbsp;interpretative framework, neoliberalism&nbsp;is also associated with the dismantling of&nbsp;the welfare state, the opening up of free&nbsp;trade and investment, and an increased&nbsp;emphasis on the private sector. In the academic discussion, various authors criticize&nbsp;the use of the term because it lacks analytical clarity and/or is used as a political&nbsp;slogan to denounce social and economic&nbsp;change. The aim of the article is neither to&nbsp;question the analytical dimension nor to&nbsp;develop an irrefutable definition, but to&nbsp;provide insight into the strength of a&nbsp;place- and time-sensitive discussion of&nbsp;neoliberalism.</div>
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/meta.2019.12.7834