Perspectives on Neoliberalism for Human Service Professionals

Mel Gray, Mitchell Dean, Kylie Agllias, Amanda Howard, Leanne Schubert

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This article provides an overview of recent perspectives on neoliberalism, which serve as a foundation for the assessment of neoliberalism's influence on human services practice. Conventionally, neoliberalism has been conceived of as an ideology, but more recent perspectives regard neoliberalism as an art of government, a thought collective, and an uneven but path-dependent process of regulatory development. We argue that these new perspectives have the potential to contribute to our critical capacity and open avenues for the analysis of contemporary transformations of public policy and its delivery.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Service Review
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)368-392
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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