In this collection, innovative and eminent social and policy analysts, including Colin Crouch, Anna Coote, Grahame Thompson and Ted Benton, challenge the failing but still dominant ideology and policies of neo-liberalism.
The editors synthesise contributors’ ideas into a revised framework for social democracy; rooted in feminism, environmentalism, democratic equality and market accountability to civil society.
This constructive and stimulating collection will be invaluable for those teaching, studying and campaigning for transformative political, economic and social policies.
"If like me, you often wonder what ideas and beliefs and driving our current political, economic and social policies...and what can be done to change the ideas and policies to achieve different consequences...Then this is definitely a book to read and talk about." Chartist
“an interesting and challenging read.” Liberation
"How can we change the power structures buttressing neo-liberalism? Alternatives to Neoliberalism offers fresh, actionable strategies for sustainable and democratised change." Thomas Marois, SOAS, University of London
Bryn Jones, author of Corporate Power and Responsible Capitalism, has taught, researched and published on economic and political change in European, Asian and North American societies; Mike O'Donnell has taught widely in Britain and the United States, including at Bath Spa University before moving to Westminster University, retiring as Professor of Sociology in 2014. He has published in the areas of social theory, social movements and identity and difference
Introduction: The Neo-Liberal society and its opponents ~ Bryn Jones and Mike O’Donnell;
PART I: Alternative Paradigms and Perspectives;
Modes of anti-neoliberalism: Moralism, Marxism and twenty-First Century Socialism ~ Jeremy Gilbert;
People, planet, power: Toward a new social settlement ~ Anna Coote;
Beyond neo-Liberalism, or life after capitalism? A red-green debate ~ Ted Benton;
The Democratic deficit: Institutional democracy ~ Mike O'Donnell;
PART II: Reform within Economic and Governance Restraints: Pushing the Boundaries;
The Limits of neo-Liberalism? Austerity vs social policy in comparative perspective ~ Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving;
The European Union and the UK: Neo-Liberalism, nationalist populism, or a cry for democracy? ~ Bryn Jones and Mike O’Donnell;
Reform from within: Central banks and the reconfiguration of neo-liberal monetary policy? ~ Grahame Thompson;
The Corporate cuckoo in the neo-liberal nest: Governance reforms for social accountability ~ Bryn Jones;
Reform of the foundational economy: An alternative to ‘back to the future’ policies ~ Sukhdev Johal, Michael Moran and Karel Williams;
PART III: Economic and Political Democracy: Restoring the Market-Civil Society Balance;
Neo-Liberalism and social democracy ~ Colin Crouch;
Rethinking public ownership as economic democracy ~ Andrew Cumbers;
Democratic alternatives: Ideas and models from social movements ~ Bryn Jones and Mike O'Donnell;
Conclusion: A Brexit from neo-liberalism? Towards democratic equality ~ Bryn Jones and Mike O'Donnell.