Boyle, Mark and McWillaims, Christopher and Rice, Gareth
The Spatialities of Actually Existing Neoliberalism in Glasgow, 1977 to Present.
Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 90 (4).
Resisting the temptation to view the neoliberalization
of urban policy as unidirectional, pure and hegemonic, this article
sets out to make sense of the biography of the process in one
city in particular, Glasgow. It attempts to organize, marshall and
discipline existing literature on the city’s local economic, planning
and welfare policies, so as to offer a longitudinal reading of
Glasgow’s encounter with neoliberal reform across the period
1977 to the present. The article questions whether Glasgow’s new
political-economic dispensation is capable of stabilizing local
capitalist social relations and securing a new local growth trajectory.
Space emerges as a critical part of the story. Neoliberalism
has interlaced with historical structures, ideologies and policies to
produce a range of new hybrid and mutant socio-spatial formations
and because it does not amount to a pure and coordinated
project these socio-spatial formations contradict and collide as often
as they reinforce. Precisely because of the contingent and complicated
spatialities it deposits, neoliberalism will continue to
struggle to secure a regulatory framework capable of stabilizing
local accumulation indefinitely.
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