National renewal in the discourse of neoliberal transition in Britain and Chile

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Mansell, J., Urbina Montana, M. and Watkins, H. 2018. National renewal in the discourse of neoliberal transition in Britain and Chile. Journal of Political Ideologies. 24 (1), pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/13569317.2019.1548092
AuthorsMansell, J., Urbina Montana, M. and Watkins, H.
Abstract

The term neoliberalism became associated with processes of economic and social restructuring in various parts of the world during the latter years of the twentieth century. While the importance of these processes is undisputed, the extent to which neoliberalism constitutes a coherent and consistent ideology, or merely a contingent and contextual set of broadly related policies, remains a source of contention. In this article, we explore this question through a comparative analysis of the political discourse of neoliberal transition in Britain and Chile. Drawing on the model of historical comparison developed by Antonio Gramsci, we argue that these two countries represent paradigm cases of the constitutional and authoritarian routes to neoliberalism. However, by focusing on the discourses of national renewal in the speeches and writings of Margaret Thatcher and Augusto Pinochet, we argue that both cases rest on a particular articulation of the themes of coercion and consent. As such, we suggest that while each paradigm articulates these themes in distinct ways, it is the relationship between the two that is essential to the political ideology of neoliberalism, as the coercive construction of consensus in Chile and the consensual construction of coercion in Britain.

Keywordsneoliberalism ; ideology ; consensual construction; Britain
Year2018
JournalJournal of Political Ideologies
Journal citation24 (1), pp. 1-20
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor and Francis
ISSN1356-9317
1469-9613
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13569317.2019.1548092
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569317.2019.1548092
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/621158
Output statusPublished
Publication dates22 Nov 2018
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