Neo-liberalism

Dominant but dead

in Focaal
Author: Neil Smith 1
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  • 1 Graduate Center, City University of New York nsmith@gc.cuny.edu

Some years ago Jürgen Habermas (1991) diagnosed modernism as dominant but dead. Neo- liberalism may still be in its youth, having come to fruition only after the 1970s, but it seems reasonable to conclude that neo-liberalism too is “dominant but dead.” The ferment of new ideas, however much they were simultaneously recycled axia from the earlier liberal tradition, reached its peak in the 1980s.