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University institutions create a scenario where teaching is not committed with social transformation, but mainly with an aspiration towards elitism and the students´ contentment (students understood as “clientele”); research, on its turn, no longer seeks to meet the demands of our society (Sparkes, 2013). On the contrary, it follows the priorities set by foreign multinational companies (Berbegal-Mirabent & Ribeiro-Soriano, 2015). The quality and scientific value of the work is therefore defined by those companies that then lead an “impact culture” difficult to escape from.
Hence the challenges and difficulties that the Spanish university runs into whilst meeting the dynamic and interests of the markets (Berbegal-Mirabent & Ribeiro-Soriano, 2015), especially after its adaptation to the European Higher Education Area.
So, the question could be: Quality assessment systems for university teaching staff: a tool for improving the quality of the system, or an instrument for precariousness?
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In general, audit culture refers to the application of regulatory systems across a wide variety of enterprises and institutions, in which quality concerns are absorbed by managerial logics. Objectivity, efficiency, and productivity are the most important qualities that form audit culture.
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After literature research I have concluded the main neoliberal policies and practices in education. I want to use them in order to search whether or which policy recomendations included in the document can be defined as neoliberal, as well as reveal the neoliberal ideology behind them. Afterwards I will use my findings to search whether and how they have been introduced in education policy in Greece.
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Thank you very much.
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My hypothesis is that from 1980s onwards a neoliberal consensus emerged, favouring a liberal trade agenda and prescribing a reduced role for state actors in governing and managing socio-economic development.
The financial crisis of 2009 and now the Covid-19 pandemic have brought the state back in, bailing out financial institutions with public funds and ordering the closure of large parts of national economies (whilst subsidising income losses and keeping businesses afloat) - seemingly inconceivable developments 15 years ago.
I would be grateful for both: a) literature recommendations and b) further examples of state legislative intervention ('activism' particularly with regards to sustainability regulation and laws).
Many thanks in advance!
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Governments play a key role in achieving the development goals and targets through, for instance, setting and implementing water quality policy frameworks and standards, and regulating the discharge of pollutants into the environment, and wastewater management, recycling and reuse.
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I'm working on my MA thesis. my topic is about neoliberalism in ELT textbooks used in Lebanon.
I wanted to use CDA as a methodology but I found difficulty in this method.
Now, I m thinking about qualitative content analysis, by just looking in the textbooks for examples of neoliberalism focusing on: Entrepreneurship and consumerism.
Is there another suitable method to conduct that?
Please help.
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Dear Sandra you are in correct way: you could use qualitative content analysis combined with quantitative content analysis, in other words you also could count frequencies in which certain words are mentioned for instance, as well you can observed in which context some specific words are saying or mentioned related with the neoliberalism or how many times certain words are related with others in particular paragraphs. You may be could looking for the underlying principles of the neoliberalism in some paragraph that you had selected through the qualitative content analysis. As researcher you can feel free to "play" with different kinds of methodological tools for reach your research objectives. The botton line is that you must be clear about your researh objectives, they are your orientation in your methodological step. Good luck!!
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Hello! I'm currently working on my thesis which investigate neoliberalism in ELT textbooks in Lebanon. However, I'm having difficulties in knowing what to actually look for in these textbooks. in other words, what are characteristics of neoliberalism that can be found in ELT textbooks? Is there a coding scheme?
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What do you mean by circa 50? Simon Stephens
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Hello everyone. I'm an MA student and currently working on my thesis. However, i'm not able to understand how to actually ensure trustworthiness in my thesis.
I'm analyzing textbooks to see if they have neoliberalism ideologies in them using qualitative content analysis.
I thought of using frequency count in addition to qualitative content analysis, but it is not applicable in my case since most of the books I'm using in my analysis have neoliberalism themes conveyed implicitly.
What is another way of ensuring credibility?
Please help.
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Having code system lead to the same results is actually reliability, not validity. The classic way to assess this is with inter-coder reliability (also known as inter-rater reliability). This requires having two independent coders both code the same section of your data, and then comparing their coding.
This is a common approach with more quantitative approaches to content analysis that rely on manifest content. It is seldom used in more qualitative versions of content analysis that rely on latent content. This is because latent content is typically used for interpretive purposes, rather than for counting.
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I am writing an essay that will examine the negative impacts of globalization by criticizing the neoliberal paradigm through the lens of Russia during the 1990s.
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Russia, more than other countries, took bad sides of globalization and liberalization. While, less than other countries, exploited the good sides of globalization and liberalization. I can suggest many examples and cases to prove that. People, who guess what I am writing about, will surely agree with that.
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We are planning to ensure that our strategic objectives suit the needs of the business sector. Nowadays, universities need to know how to build cooperation between science and society? Although companies have their R+D+i areas and labs Are Universities the key actors to improve the results of scientific research? Should Universities ensure that professionals trained by the universities meet the requirements of the business sector? To avoid that graduates from a profession delay too much in adapting to a job would it be Important that they practice a career in the corporate sector to ensure better performance?
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Monica, as universities and other bodies in other sectors have realised the need to align their strategic objectives with those of businesses, the salient questions worth asking are what aspects of our institutions should we be aligning and how do we do so such that the outcome becomes of mutual benefit. Quite often institutions appear to follow business demands, sometimes at the detriment of their own interests and objectives. The crucial issue here is to obtain balance and mutuality of interests, preferences and objectives. Interesting area of work.
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what are the differences between neoliberal and post-neoliberal cities?
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Cities designed presumably to fit for the requirements of neoliberal stance focus mainly on; taping a city’s resource by few infinitely without any counteracting forces that may emerge from economic, political, social and environmental intrusions.
While post neoliberal cities are hoped to be designed based on preservation of conflicting interest/chaos as cities reality, city spaces as communal heritage, market forces tend to be less sever but perceptible, city authorities go less stringent and designers equipped with knowledge of panoramic view of scarce city resources. Post neoliberal cities are however, not adherents of socialism or communism but the intension is towards sustainable city that pave the way for redefinition of city resources.
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Dear Julyan,
Would it be possible to get a full-text of "Low-impact development as a response to the neoliberal environmental agenda"?
Thank you for your time.
Best,
Eeva
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Thanks for your help Emmanuel V Murray and
J. Levy
! Such interesting research, happy to read.
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In my country there is growing support for policies against neoliberalism. The "free market" is destroying education and science. The support for the formula Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner already has 9600 signatures. The video of the act: https://bit.ly/2YQDXCB. To sign, complete the form here: https://bit.ly/2RMNzs1. I retransmit what I received from the group Science and Technology Argentina (CyTA = https://cienciaytecnicaargentina.wordpress.com/).
What do colleagues in other parts of the world think?
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I agree. Determined social goods ought to remain in public hands, at least in my opinion.
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I would like to analyse the ideological, economic and political theoretical foundations of Neo-liberalism in order to understand its impact and association with de detriment of social protection programs. Any suggestions?
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Check the extensive bibliographies of John McMurtry's books since 1998. They are a gold mine.
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Neoliberalisation / Neoliberalization. Colonisation / Colonization
When reviewing on a topic spelt differently based on US or UK system like above is it necessary to do a search with only one style or do we search by both styles of spellings?
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Best to choose one style and stay with it rather than mix styles.
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The end of WW II signalled an era in which capitalism and communism as political ideologies polarized the world. When the USSR disintegrated, communism as a political idea also collapsed, leaving capitalism also in the lurch because there was nothing left to disagree about! Two decades further, we are talking of Neoliberalism - a heady mix of economic liberalisation with Human Rights and Democracy. Have capitalism and communism really lost their relevance or they have come together in the cauldron of Druid Getafix to be transformed into the 'magic potion' called Neoliberalism?
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Back to the initial question: the ideological confrontation between the USA and Soviet Union and their respective allies dominated much the global political confrontations after World War II and the end of the 1980s (actually it started earlier: the conference at Bretton Woods e.g. has been in 1944). We call this Cold War. Since then ideological confrontations of the sort capitalism vs socialism have become less important, but they did not disappear. Other ideological confrontations became more important, e.g. around Islamism . These confrontations did exist already earlier. If they are clashed of civilizations depends on details and perspectives. To a very great deal they are around power, which is reflected in resources (oil) rather than religion, but things are indeed very complex. What seems to be very important to me is that the bipolar world has disappeared with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The confrontations lost its clear structural dimension, but not their relevance.
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Neoliberalism is perceived as the opposite to effective social policy and administration. However, there are several countries (as Switzerland in the West and Estonia in the East) which pursue neoliberal policies but maintain good social indicators at the same time. What is Your opinion about this question?
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From the answer brought by Joan the most important thing to take is that we have to look into those contradiction of interests to find light to make clear the coming route. The problem was assessed by classics but time presents new questions. Neoliberalism has continued posing the same, again and again sweetened, proposal but in the long run falling in the same hole. Placing interest of capital over interests of human gender.
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What are your thoughts on PSYCHOPOLITICS?
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Psychopolitics is a book that explores how neoliberalism harnesses the productive force of the psyche.
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It seems I have been mentioned as coauthor of some of Rolnik`s articles. I have only transalted to spanish her article on recent neoliberalism, financialization of housing rights.
When asked by you of Rachel´s authorship of her articles I wrongly clicked NO on the format, which makes everything still more confusing.
I AM NOT COAUTHOR OF ANY OF ROLNIK´S ARTICLES. I ONLY TRANSALTED ONE OF THEM. PLEASE HELP ME CLEAR THIS UP IN YOUR PAGE AND OTHERS .
WHAT MORE SHOULD I DO BESIDES SENDING THIS MESSAGE?
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Approach Rolnik and negotiate with her to also spread the massage that a mistake happened. This is because its better to hear corrections from the horse's mouth rather. When people see that its her who is confirming the mistake that happened then they will believe her than from me or you spreading.
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Is there any valid research or reliable investigative journalism about the ideological, moral, or economic connections between new religious movements (such as new age religions, Buddhist or Hindu-based cults, late trends in Evangelicalism) and free market and neoliberal ideologies?
Thanks.
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Hello,
You may want to look into books by Joerg Rieger to get the neo-Marxist Christian view. His book with Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger titled “United We Are a Force: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America’s Inequalities” is a look at how Christian theology can work with labor movements.
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As per subject. Thank you.
Regards,
Dominic
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well resilience is just one concept used in development studies
there are many other such as contestation in its different forms
see attached....much more in that vein if you Google it
what are you actually looking for?
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Is the higher education policy impregnated with neoliberal values?
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Yes! What policy has not been impregnated with the values of neoliberalism. Some might argue that such policies are “value free“ but that would be neoliberalism a nutshell.
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I'm interested in student activism and social movements. For that reason I'm looking for diverse empiric research about the development of social movements for education. I've found about Chile, Canada, U.S.A and U.K but i'm interested in include other regions and counties.
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Mario Novelli (University of Sussex) conducted his PhD research about 12 years ago on social movements learning in resistance to neoliberalism in Colombia. Unfortunately I do not have any publications of this at hand, but they should be found without too much difficulty.
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I am studying the Latin America economic policies using the complexity perspective. My hypothesis is that in the cases of Neoliberal policies, there is a universal primacy to the market, but much differences in the other dimensions of the public policy. I attribute those differences significantly to the degree of complexity of the society. 
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We use such terms as the "left" and "democratic left," but what do these terms actually convey? Most conceptions, especially in the global south, concern not only redistribution of the existing economic pie, but also the expansion of this pie to allow more widespread prosperity in the future. But how do we reconcile this productivist orientation with the need to protect the environment and, in particular, limit the emission of greenhouse gasses?
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"The 'emancipatory' discourse of the Left has to find a way to change, not to follow the 'goverment through change' (imposed through manipulation) but 're-invented' in the different social domains".
It's a good statement, which I couldn't formulate myself, but I totally agree.
And I forgot to say that it is better when the political movement does not oppose itself to local religions (and world religions). It was one of the week sides of USSR and it seems to create disharmony in China too.
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Have neoliberalism policies failed?
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Whether neoliberal policies have failed or not depends on your criteria of success and failure and the specific policies you are referring to. Are you interested in aggregate benefits, such as economic growth, or an egalitarian distribution of benefits? How do you factor in the environmental costs involved in promoting economic growth, for example, in China, India, and the Amazonian regions of Brazil and Ecuador? What time frame do you employ? For example, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa stagnated in the 1980s and 1990s, but saw an economic upturn from 2002 to 2010 during the commodity boom. Did it take 20 years for neoliberal policies to work, or alternatively, was this just an old-fashioned commodity boom that derived only in part from some neoliberal policies? And what do you include under neoliberal policies? Do you, for example, include policies to promote macroeconomic stability as neoliberal or not? If you do, then tamping down inflation in Africa, Latin America and elsewhere in the 1990s is an achievement of neoliberalism. And how about financialization, is that an implicit neoliberal policy agenda? If so, the effects on democracy and log-term inclusive development have been negative.So, when you decide on your assumptions and the parameters of your question, it will be possible to answer it.
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The neoliberal reforms differences between Colombia and Mexico?
The remained exceptions to the nationalist comeback of 2001 to 2009 in Colombia and Mexico?
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The Latino American case of transition and modernization is very peculiar and unstable. It reflects all basic socio-cultural, economical, politico-constitutional challenges. Based on my competence in constitutional law and especially in comparative and transitional constitutionalism the country studies of the continent is very productive and valuable in order to understand how to respond the same issues in your local context, particularly after the severe post-soviet transition era. Based on this spirit and experience I would like to offer you some valuable sources which firmly enrich your horizon regarding familiarity with the raised issue.
Economic Liberalization, Distribution and Poverty Latin America in the 1990s Edward Elgar 2002
Market Liberalism, Growth, and Economic Development in Latin America
Edited by Gerardo Angeles- Castro, Ignacio Perrotini- Hernández, and
Humberto Ríos-Bolívar First published 2011 by Routledge
The Market and the Masses in Latin America
POLICY REFORM AND CONSUMPTION IN LIBERALIZING ECONOMIES
ANDY BAKER University of Colorado at Boulder CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2009
The Third Wave of Modernization in Latin America
Cultural Perspectives on Neoliberalism Lynne Phillips
Editor Jaguar Books on Latin America Number 16
LIBERALIZATION IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
Institutional and economic changes in Latin America, Africa and Asia
Edited by Alex E.Fernández Jilberto and André Mommen First published 1996
by Routledge
The Postmodernism Debate in Latin America Edited by John Beverley, Michael Aronna, José Oviedo Duke University Press 1995
All the best,
Karlo Godoladze
P.S. Please, find attached files.
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I have often wondered if funded research grants enhance or hinder research. With the five-year grant that I have received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, I have been able to hire research assistants, undertake research with technological support, participate in conferences, and be otherwise productive. However, I have also consecrated enormous energy to the administrative side of the equation, to training and supporting the research assistants, writing updates, reports and evaluations to maintain the grant, and also in developing the grant proposal. Of course, having empirical data is most helpful to publishing the work but I have also been engaged in several other initiatives that were not funded, and I have produced a reasonable amount of publications, collaborations, and other outcomes, such as reports, projects and related work, through these non-funded ventures. A colleague once mentioned to me that he would have never gotten tenure today because he has never received a research grant, and yet he is a well-known international scholar, highly esteemed in his area of expertise with some 50 published books. Thus, I feel the pressure to get grants, which can enhance one's career, and feed into the neoliberal notion of the contemporary university, because of the boxes on evaluation forms but wonder if one might be as productive, creative, conscientious and meaningful without the grant debacle circling overhead. Is there a third way whereby one's contribution might be equally valued and meaningful without the monetary strings being attached?
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Mr Carr,
The words “funded research grants” in your question caught my attention --- obviously a case of pleonasm, much like “free gift” or “actual fact” or “see with your eyes” and that prompted me to pay close attention. On reading further, I thought I should respond as some of what you say seemed to touch upon and resonated with something from my past experience; hence, this response. Your posting was real food for thought.
Research grants – do they “enhance or hinder research” is your question. I am not sure one can speak of funding as enhancing research, as that word “enhancing” ipso fact implies the notion of raising the quality of research. A good, dedicated researcher often obsessed with his/her work, is deliberate, always precise, and eschews short-cuts; and given the blessing of time he/she will do a great piece of work. So, funding may not be essential to good research. But, what it, funding can do, is to allow the researcher to think about creating a new experiment, to design new instruments, and have them constructed in the workshops closeby or far away. This could allow for more accurate, precise measurement and hence the results are more likely to be replicable elsewhere, or even afford him/her the opportunity to complete his/her research earlier. The researcher I have described is possibly someone working in the “hard sciences” or in the natural sciences or in technology and engineering. If we have in mind, people in the social sciences, funding could well help in getting access to larger samples and that fact could mean that the results may well reflect more closely the larger population from which the sample has been drawn, assuming that the larger sample truly or better said, more than adequately reflects the population being studied, and hence contribute to a better, more applicable result. But will the result be reliable, be replicable? I do not know.
Now, coming to yourself as a research fund seeker/winner, I think in that role you are the leader of a research programme, who makes it possible for others to do what they are, hopefully trained to do, and are capable of doing. So, instead of two hands and one mind preoccupied with a research problem, you have more pairs of hands, and several heads to push forward the frontiers of knowledge. You make it happen; you use others to advance our knowledge of some subject. Science needs good leaders, who sacrifice their own research for the greater good of the university, the community that funds it, and humanity in general.
When I worked in industry, and was involved in technology development, I sought R&D funding so that my ideas and those of others could find expression in processes, devices/hardware and software that could solve my employing company’s problems. I got funding for more than thirty R&D projects, over a three year period from the country’s economics ministry under a law designed to fund research and development work in the country so that jobs could be kept, or new jobs created so that there was a small but positive influence on the economy. I had to do lots of reporting on progress/setbacks, on expenditures, and to keep my bosses informed. This meant I had to give up on my own R&D work. But by my giving my own activities, I made it possible for the company to benefit more times than my contributions could arguably have made. After three years, which were barren years for me in so far as development work was concerned, I stopped with seeking funding and moved on to another function related to business processes. So, there was I in those three fallow years, doing minimal work for which I was trained and/or making it possible for others to do useful and necessary work. On my reflecting on that time, I think what I did in helping others to achieve their potential gave me greater satisfaction. I hope you too will find great satisfaction as research leader.
Having done national military service, I can try to use the metaphor of a general or a colonel, and soldiers – one general or colonel cannot do much on their own, but they need an army of soldiers to achieve much more. As a research funds seeker, and a successful one at that, you make it possible for others to hone their skills, increase their knowledge, and thus make a greater contribution, collectively. But, perhaps you rather want to do research and publish – the lure of publishing may be attractive, considering your great admiration for your friend who seemed to have become a prolific author of books. I am not sure that he/she has as many papers published because that would take a lot of time, and if so, it might not have been a solo exercise but with a number of collaborators and associates.
We have only 24 hours/day and if we want to do research and also to lead researchers, I think productivity and breakthroughs – I do not what your area of research interest is -- may be a forlorn, futile exercise in the particular area of your interest – it may be slow, it may move in small steps and even grind to a halt as you have to keep encouraging young minds to continue when things look bleak, and failures mount. Alternatively, you might want to recruit a research coordinator to attend to the mundane, administrative work and you do your own research work, and mentor others. I wonder what you and other think. I wish you success in your research endeavours. And my apologies for this long response – your long question raised many issues that required more words, for an adequate answer, than I would have wanted…
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I am currently examining the transformation of community-based organizations related to the challenges of neoliberalisms and would welcome any suggestions about critical publications addressing the non-profit industrial complex and most specifically the so-called community-based segment.
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Neoliberalism and Cultural Policies in Latin America: The Case of Chile International Journal of Cultural Policy, Spring 2002.
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I am interested in knowing of the practices, challenges, processes, benefits, outcomes, dynamics, etc. of those who have engaged in developing , or who have an interest in, international partnerships/networks, especially in relation to social justice/democracy/education. I am finding that there are many challenges, including language, technological synchronisation, funding, physical meetings, work distribution, groundwork in bringing people together, alignment of objectives, methods and means, dissemination of ideas, among others. However, the need and the potential for tangible, meaningful, critical work is enormous if the partnership/network can be effectively established, notably in relation to bringing into the fold disparate voices that may not be heard within the broader context in isolation. In other words, the partnership/network may value much more these local, contextualized concerns than the contrary, and the partnership/network may also be more effective in collectively moving the respective fields of study forward. Despite the factors mitigating against such work, the outcomes could lead to a much better understanding of broad, contextualized, comparative issues, research, realties, etc., and help connect the dots on such concerns as neoliberalism in education, social inequalities, and democracy in and through education. As I am working on developing such a partnership/network, I would be most interested in the insight and experiences of colleagues around the world.
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I'm not certain how fruitful it would be, but I wonder if the Humboldt Foundation might be a means to get a network going, since it could facilitate connections in the EU and elsewhere, AND provide funding for the necessary travel recommended in an earlier post? https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/humboldt-kollegs-en.html (also, they have Canadian "alumni associations" that might be helpful)
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Neoliberal economic policies have intensified wage inequality in developing countries. 
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thank you Luis Fernando Molina Prieto
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Anyone writing about the impact of neoliberalism on women globally?
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I read to Nacy Fraser, Marit Nayer, Fainstain see on google books.
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Dr. Abdesselem MAHMOUD
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The only one I am aware of is Dominant Social Paradigm Scale (Kilbourne & Carlson, 2008). Are there any alternatives?
The research is focused on members of radical communist (Marxist-Leninist) party.
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Hi Martin,
You could use the Fair Market Ideology scale from Jost, Blount, Pfeffer, and Hunyady (2003).
Colin
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Without forming a national central bank of its own, and thus reestablishing its own currency, how can Greece escape neo-liberal structural adjustment?
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Yes it is an ethical poblem, but not exactly in the sense expressed by Peter Prischi. Capitalism cannot exist without debts: it is a monetary economy of production, Money-Commodity-Money' (where Money'>Money).
As Keynes wrote: "Planned investment—i.e. investment ex-ante—may have to secure its “financial provision” before the investment takes place; that is to say, before the corresponding saving has taken place… There has, therefore, to be a technique to bridge this gap between the time when the decision to invest is taken and the time when the correlative investment and saving actually occur. (Keynes 1937b: 246)"
Public debt is just the way in which public planned investments may be funded, and in a recession public investments do not crowd out private investments. It is true instead that they may reduce radical uncertainty in favour of private sector too. Here is the ethical problem!
What are the conditions in which public debt is sustainable? The public debt is defined as sustainable when the ratio D/Y decreases or, at least, remains constant. (Conversely it is defined as unsustainable when the ratio D/Y is increasing). It may well happen that the financial markets interpret a high (D/Y) ratio as a risk factor and impose an even higher (i-g) differential. It is by this route that a high (D/Y) ratio may contribute (even without objective reasons) to generate fragility in the public financial sector. Consequently to have a fiscal policy that curbs unemployment (also in the long run) we should have that the rate of growth (g) is higher than the rate of interest (i) and well regualetd financial markets .
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How can we unpack the heterogeneity of interests and preferences
across and within various types of corporate structures?
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The word-society literature, spearheaded by sociologist John W. Meyer, tries to quantify the diffusion of models via global civil society, yet the neo-institutionalism is ad-hoc and too phenomenological, ignoring not only the effects of cultural imperialism (in the Gramscian sense), but the material structural contradictions of power, social inequality, and geopolitical/socioeconomic conflict...which are certainly not mutually exclusive...
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More specifically, what changes in policing, corrections, and incarceration rates accompanied the neoliberal turn?
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If you're at Roosevelt you are probably familiar with Loic Wacquant's Punishing the Poor and its article version "From Slavery to Mass Incarceration" in New Left Review.  Also on the American case is GIlmore, Golden Gulag. Perhaps less well known to you, is Andy Clarno's work comparing walled enclosure in Palestine and South Africa under neoliberalism. It's not on the US or UK, but it might help you conceptually. You might also want to get in touch with him directly. He's in the sociology department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Another potential help would be Brendan McQuade, who is visiting this year at DePaul. Best, Cedric
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I am preparing a doctoral research proposal focusing on the transformation of a state owned media organization into a partially privatized company where the public acquired 47% shares after government sold on the stock exchange through rights issue. Government retains 53% ownership. However most of the literature on the transformation of state owned media refers to other mechanisms such as full privatization or private-public partnerships. Does anyone know where such partial privatization of state media has occurred other than in Uganda?
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Dr Brian Chama's work on the history of the Post newspaper in Zambia may be helpful. He examines the tensions between private ownership and state interests.   I supervised his thesis on Press Freedom in Zambia which you should be able to access at the attached link. Good luck with your research.
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I will be conducting both a qualitative and quantitative research for a class in methods this semester for which your help will be greatly appreciated.
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This is a very interesting question and subject. Unfortunately I have no information to pass on about this topic except to say that it should be possible to form some measure or to identify the presence or absence of neoliberal government and then to look at the school violence figures. However, you have to remember that these are correlations and within such a complex area it is not possible to say that neoliberalism does or does not cause violence in schools.
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I have a suspicion that much international rights talk is based on European- and American-derived notions of hyperindividualism (characteristic of neoliberalism) that may be at odds with respect to collective care and responsibility (as found and practiced in some parts of the non-Western world).
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David, I think you are correct that Western, or Global North, influence on the modern human rights movement and law is disproportionate and rooted in neo-liberal traditions. However, it wouldn't be accurate to say that rights-based traditions do not exist elsewhere. Amartya Sen has a nice essay on "Asian values" that gets at some of these issues. Also there is a good amount of literature (I'm happy to suggest sources) on how at times "culture" has been used historically by the colonial power and indigenous elites to resist change that would threaten their power by recognizing broader application of rights. That is not to say that there are no conflicts between rights and cultural practices, but just that each gets used at times to further particular interests.