Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices, Contestations


Authoritarian Neoliberalism explores how neoliberal forms of managing capitalism are challenging democratic governance at local, national and international levels. Identifying a spectrum of policies and practices that seek to reproduce neoliberalism and shield it from popular and democratic contestation, contributors provide original case studies that investigate the legal-administrative, social, coercive and corporate dimensions of authoritarian neoliberalism across the global North and South. They detail the crisis-ridden intertwinement of authoritarian statecraft and neoliberal reforms, and trace the transformation of key societal sites in capitalism (e.g. states, households, workplaces, urban spaces) through uneven yet cumulative processes of neoliberalisation. Informed by innovative conceptual and methodological approaches, Authoritarian Neoliberalism uncovers how inequalities of power are produced and reproduced in capitalist societies, and highlights how alternatives to neoliberalism can be formulated and pursued.

Routledge, Rethinking Globalizations series
Originally published as a special issue of Globalizations.


This is an important and timely book that urges us as scholars and citizens to rethink our assumptions about neoliberalism today. It is a nuanced and wide-ranging volume that uses the powerful concept of authoritarian neoliberalism to develop a truly global map of the ways in which state, market and everyday life are being tied together in new and often-damaging ways.

Jacqueline Best, author of Governing Failure: Provisional Expertise and the Transformation of Global Development Finance and Professor of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

This pioneering collection places at its centre neoliberalism’s key sites of reproduction and contestation. By taking the reader from state settings into households, work places and neighbourhoods, it theorises neoliberalism’s authoritarian guises in the face of crises and popular opposition. A beautifully composed collection, this edited book is a must read for anyone interested in an explicitly political reading of neoliberalism’s power and its disguises.

Insa Koch, author of Personalizing the State: An Anthropology of Law, Politics, and Welfare in Austerity Britain and Associate Professor of Law and Anthropology at the London School of Economics.

Bruff and Tansel provide a timely edited volume that defends and advances the analytical purchase of their concept of authoritarian neoliberalism at a moment when liberal democratic states are dismantling rights regimes and creating novel forms of social and political control to guarantee the conditions for a more savage regime of capital accumulation in the global North and South. The rigorously theorised and empirically grounded chapters provide insights into how authoritarian neoliberalism is restructuring households, urban landscapes, and civil societies in diverse conjunctures ranging from Europe, US, Morocco, Turkey to Mexico, but it also provides glimpses of social forces that could possibly mount radical alternatives to contemporary capitalism. A must read for grounded contemporary critical theorists and theoretically inclined activists alike.

Alfonso Gonzales, author of Reform without Justice: Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of California, Riverside.

This volume is a very important contribution to critical political economy scholarship as it offers both nuanced reflections on the articulation of neoliberalism and authoritarianism, and rich case studies on the varieties of authoritarian neoliberalism from across the globe.

Alexander Gallas, author of The Thatcherite Offensive: A Neo-Poulantzasian Analysis and Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Kassel.