Essential Sources on the web.

You can always buy books of course, but almost all the material I use to write about  the neoliberal thought-collective and the blight of managerialism is available on the web in one form or another.

You will also have your own personal history as evidence. Even if you are still at school, you will have been affected by the application of neoliberal and managerialist dogmas to your education.  If you are older, whether you are working or retired or unemployed, neoliberalism and managerialism  will have had a huge impact on your life over the past thirty years or so.

 

Some of these sources relate to books, but the basic material is always available in the form of articles, interviews, interviews or videos.

Adam Curtis’s BBC blog! THE CURSE OF TINA.  13 Sept. 2011

Alex Carey, TAKING THE RISK OUT OF DEMOCRACY: PROPAGANDA IN THE USA AND AUSTRALIA.  Sidney University Press 1995

Susan George: A SHORT HISTORY OF NEOLIBERALISM. Bangkok 24- 26 March 1999

Thomas Medvetz: THINK TANKS IN AMERICA. University of Chicago Press.  2012

Philip Mirowski: NEVER LET A SERIOUS  CRISIS GO TO WASTE. Verso 2013

Kim Philips-Klein: INVISIBLE HANDS : THE BUSINESSMEN’S CRUSADE AGAINST THE NEW DEAL.   2009

Alejandro Chafuen: THINK TANKS FOR FREEDOM, Forbes Magazine February 13 2013. ( Dr. Chafuen writes a regular column in praise of the work of the global network of neoliberal think-tanks and is an invaluable source of up-to-date news on their activities in aid of ‘the businessmen’s crusade’. !!!

For a swingeing critique of neoliberalism from a  German perspective  the opening chapters of Erhard Eppler’s THE RETURN OF THE STATE  (tr. Alan Blundell) are excellent.

On managerialism, the key texts are

Robert Locke:

MANAGERIALISM AND THE DEMISE OF THE BIG THREE. Real-World Economics Review No. 51  http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue51/Locke51.pdf
Confronting Managerialism: How the Business Elite and Their Schools Threw Our Lives Out of Balance (with J.-C. Spender)
http://zedbooks.co.uk/node/16778

Anything by John Seddon ( though he refers to ‘Command and Control management‘ rather than ‘managerialism‘)

There are lots of Seddon’s  videos and articles and newsletters at http://www.systemsthinking.co.uk

Seddon’s books include:

The Vanguard Method in the Public Sector: Case Studies
   Delivering Public Services that Work Vol.2

Systems Thinking in the Public Sector
   the failure of the reform regime… and a manifesto for a better way

Delivering Public Services That Work
   Systems Thinking in the Public Sector: Case Studies

Systems Thinking in the Public Sector

Freedom from command and control
   a better way to make the work work

I Want You to Cheat: the unreasonable guide to service and quality in organisations

H. Thomas Johnson.

 Relevance Lost: The Rise and Fall of Management Accounting (withRobert S. Kaplan} 1991

Relevance Regained  2002

 Profit Beyond Measure : (with Anders Broms) 2008

 

 

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