The New Way of the World: On Neo-Liberal Society (Hardcover)

On Neo-Liberal Society

By Pierre Dardot, Christian Laval, Gregory Elliott (Translator)

Verso, 9781781681763, 337pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2014



What is new about neoliberalism? Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval contend that it is more than just a new economic paradigm -- it is a system for transforming the human subject. Rather than a return to classic liberalism, or the restoration of a 'pure', unconstrained market, neoliberalism envisages the modern corporation as a model for government, conjuring a future in which society is nothing other than a web of market-based relations.

Cutting through contemporary misunderstandings about its genesis and prevalence, Dardot and Laval distil neoliberalism to its core meaning and examine how it might be challenged on new political and intellectual terms.

About the Author

Pierre Dardot is a philosopher and specialist in Hegel and Marx. His previous books include Sauver Marx?: Empire, multitude, travail immateriel (with Christian Laval and El Mouhoub Mouhoud) and Marx, prenom: Karl (with Christian Laval). Christian Laval is Professor of Sociology at the Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense. His other books include L'Ambition sociologique: Saint-Simon, Comte, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Weber; Jeremy Bentham: Les artifices du capitalisme; L'ecole n'est pas une entreprise: Le neo-liberalisme a l'assaut de l'enseignement public; and L'Homme economique: Essai sur les racines du neoliberalisme.

Praise For The New Way of the World: On Neo-Liberal Society

"The New Way of the World is the best modern realization of Foucault’s pioneering approach to the history of neoliberalism. It wonderfully explores the European roots and branches of the neoliberal thought collective over the twentieth century, and warns that unthinking misrepresentations of its
political project as espousing ‘laissezfaire’ has had the effect of allowing the Left to submit to its siren song. Philip Mirowski, author of Science-Mart and Never Let a Serious Crisis go to Waste

“To understand these debates [on neoliberalism], the book by Christian Laval and Pierre Dardot on the ‘neoliberal society’ offers us analytical keys. This monument of scholarship draws on the history of ideas, philosophy and sociology.” —Le Monde

“Extremely scholarly, this book is an insistent invitation to push theoretical and social critique of the present order beyond the standard analyses.” —Le Monde diplomatique