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The Spatialities of Actually Existing Neoliberalism in Glasgow, 1977 to Present

Boyle, Mark and McWillaims, Christopher and Rice, Gareth (2008) The Spatialities of Actually Existing Neoliberalism in Glasgow, 1977 to Present. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 90 (4). pp. 313-325. ISSN 0435-3684

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Postprint version of original published article. The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0467.2008.00296.x/abstract
Keywords: Glasgow; actually existing neoliberalism; entrepreneurialism; path dependency; partnerships; Third Way; regulation;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Geography
Item ID: 2987
Depositing User: Mark Boyle
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 10:51
Journal or Publication Title: Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
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