From neoliberalism to pluralism: A response to Mulheirn and Jacobs

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This essay puts into context the debate between Michael Jacobs and Ian Mulheirn, exploring the theories and themes underpinning their arguments, published in issue 84 1 of the Political Quarterly. It discusses, firstly, the roots of Mulheirn's approach in European neoliberalism and, secondly, the roots of Jacobs' approach in a range of sources currently contending for authority over debates within the Labour party. These include themes drawn, broadly, from Polanyi, Keynes, Schumpeter and Schumacher. In a conclusion the article makes the case for a ‘pluralistic’ to the organisation of political and economic power in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211–217
Number of pages7
JournalThe Political Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • neoliberalism
  • ideology
  • British Politics

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