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

JACOBS, Keith and MANZI, Tony (2019). Neoliberalism as entrepreneurial governmentality: contradictions and dissonance within contemporary English housing associations. Housing Studies, 1-16.

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    Abstract

    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.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1205 Urban and Regional Planning; 1402 Applied Economics; 1604 Human Geography; Urban & Regional Planning
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1617411
    Page Range: 1-16
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2019 13:55
    Last Modified: 28 Oct 2019 14:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25329

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