Neo-Liberalism and Ordoliberalism: A Critique of Two Forms of Imperialism and Authoritarianism

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Fouskas, V. 2018. Neo-Liberalism and Ordoliberalism: A Critique of Two Forms of Imperialism and Authoritarianism. Critique. 46 (3), pp. 397-421.
AuthorsFouskas, V.
Abstract

Imperialism is primarily driven by a combination of public policies and accumulation regimes taking place within the domestic environment of the imperial state itself. As an international policy, however, imperialism aims at transforming other states' socio-economic and political orders, especially in the global periphery and semi-periphery, by way of transplanting there its own class model that prevailed at the metropolitan home. The two most important stylised and separable, but not separate, public policies of our times are that of Anglo-American neo-liberalism, which drives post-Bretton Woods globalisation/financialisation, and that of German-Austrian ordoliberalism, which guides the process of European “integration”. The argument advanced here is that (Anglo-American) neo-liberalism and (German-Austrian) ordoliberalism are not stand-alone domestic policies but are instead consubstantial with imperial undertakings, the former project being wider and truly global in scope, whereas the latter is dominating the EU/Euro-zone and its immediate periphery (the Balkans/Eastern Europe and the MENA region). In this context, the article puts forth a qualitative critique of both public policies as imperial policies of domination, transformation and exploitation, buttressing regimes of permanent austerity and authoritarianism at home and permanent war and devastation abroad.

JournalCritique
Journal citation46 (3), pp. 397-421
ISSN0011-1619
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/03017605.2018.1496539
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/03017605.2018.1496539
Publication dates
Online27 Aug 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Jul 2018
Accepted02 Jul 2018
Accepted02 Jul 2018
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critique on 27/08/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03017605.2018.1496539.
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