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Neoliberalism as entrepreneurial governmentally: contradictions and dissonance within contemporary English housing associations


Jacobs, K and Manzi, T, Neoliberalism as entrepreneurial governmentally: contradictions and dissonance within contemporary English housing associations, Housing Studies pp. 1-16. ISSN 0267-3037 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02673037.2019.1617411


This paper has two aims: to provide a critical commentary on the value of neoliberalism in explaining contemporary housing policy and to critically examine recent practices that have been shaped by ideas most commonly associated with neoliberalism. It begins by distinguishing different interpretative variants of neoliberalism and some of the criticisms regarding its explanatory capability. Taking the example of housing associations in England, the paper makes use of Dardot and Laval’s notion of ‘entrepreneurial governmentality’ to interpret how contemporary welfare professionals attempt to reconcile the competing tensions of individualism and egalitarianism in practice. Amongst the arguments put forward is that the extension of commercialism, commodification and competition have generated new fissures and dissonance within the sector. The conclusion suggests that contemporary variants of neoliberalism are best understood as a rationality that establishes entrepreneurial governmentality across sectors of government, the economy and social life.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:neoliberalism, entrepreneurialism, housing associations, England
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and Politics
Objective Field:Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
UTAS Author:Jacobs, K (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:132674
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-05-16
Last Modified:2019-07-25

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