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Aaron Major

Aaron Major is an associate professor of sociology at the University at Albany - suny. He is the author of Architects of Austerity: International Finance and the Politics of Austerity (Stanford University Press, 2014).

Ideas Without Power

Recent work in political economy has increasingly focused on the role of ideas and experts in driving neoliberalism’s consolidation. This essay argues that the idea-centered turn is analytically flawed and politically debilitating. Analytically, it obscures the power relations that have in fact produced and sustained the neoliberal project. Politically, in urging attention to discourse rather than social forces, it diminishes the chances of organizing a coalition against neoliberalism.