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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Psychosocial Approach to the Theoretical Underpinnings of Neoliberalism Adherence
by Olszowy, Patrick, M.A., The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2019, 102; 13895398
Abstract (Summary)

Neoliberalism has become the world's most predominant political-economic paradigm. It features continual implementation of policy focused on capital creation and accumulation, within an increasing amount of states in our capitalist world, in an effort to maintain permanent economic growth of which is an impossible feat. This effort has similarly generated many deleterious externalities in our social organizations and our collective but individualized psychology. The combination of both the impossibility of permanent economic growth and those externalities that neoliberalism provides inevitably leads to authoritarian means of governance. I illuminate these concepts with considerations of our historical and contemporary political-economic organizations, its sociological mechanisms, and the effect it has on our psychology. Finally, I offer a glimpse of what our future holds as we become increasingly entrenched in a neoliberal world order.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thompson, Michael J.
Commitee: Mason, John, Principe, Michael
School: The William Paterson University of New Jersey
Department: Public Policy and International Affairs
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: MAI 58/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Political science
Keywords: Critical theory, Neoliberalism
Publication Number: 13895398
ISBN: 978-1-392-22128-0
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