Politics of Free Markets The Rise of Neoliberal Economic Policies in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States

ISBN-10: 0226679020
ISBN-13: 9780226679020
Edition: 2006
Authors: Monica Prasad
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The attempt to reduce the role of the state in the market through tax cuts, decreases in social spending, deregulation, and privatization--"neoliberalism"--took root in the United States under Ronald Reagan and in Britain under Margaret Thatcher. But why did neoliberal policies gain such prominence in these two countries and not in similarly industrialized Western countries such as France and Germany? In "The Politics of Free Markets, " a comparative-historical analysis of the development of neoliberal policies in these four countries, " "Monica Prasad argues that neoliberalism was made possible in the United States and Britain not because the Left in these countries was too weak, but because it was in some respects too strong. At the time of the oil crisis in the 1970s, American and British tax policies were more punitive to business and the wealthy than the tax policies of France and West Germany American and British industrial policies were more adversarial to business in key domains; and while the British welfare state was the most redistributive of the four, the French welfare state was the least redistributive. Prasad shows that these adversarial structures in the United States and Britain created opportunities for politicians to find and mobilize dissatisfaction with the status quo, while the more progrowth policies of France and West Germany prevented politicians of the Right from anchoring neoliberalism in electoral dissatisfaction.

Preface
Introduction
Power to the Middle Classes: Entrepreneurs and Ideologues in the Reagan Revolution
Populist Revolutionary: Margaret Thatcher and the Transformation of the British State
Coalition Politics and Limited Neoliberalism in West Germany
France: Neoliberalism and the Developmental State
Conclusion
References
Index

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