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Unwitting ArchitectGerman Primacy and the Origins of Neoliberalism$
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Julian Germann

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781503609846

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503609846.001.0001

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The Origins of Neoliberalism and the Role of the German State

The Origins of Neoliberalism and the Role of the German State

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(p.16) Chapter 1 The Origins of Neoliberalism and the Role of the German State
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(p.iii) Unwitting Architect
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Julian Germann

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503609846.003.0002

This chapter reviews the most prominent explanations of the global rise of neoliberalism provided within critical International Political Economy: (1) a state-centered argument, which holds that neoliberalism was imposed by the United States in a bid to reassert its global dominance; (2) a class-based argument, which sees neoliberalism as the project of globalizing elites who sought to restore their corporate profits and power; and (3) an ideational argument, which describes the rise of neoliberalism as a paradigmatic shift in economic ideas. The chapter argues that these accounts share a common bias: they pivot unduly on the Anglo-American world and are unable to capture the peculiar German contribution to the origins of neoliberalism. As a result, they misread the rise of Germany to the apex of a neoliberal Europe as a belated repetition of the same global movement spearheaded by the US and the UK.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, international political economy, critical theory, Germany, hegemony, state-society relations, constructivism, neo-Gramscianism

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