Neoliberal geopolitics

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Neoliberalism, taken to indicate social practices that enact multiple extensions of market logics, may be presumed to signal a kind of anti-or post-geopolitics. After all, the most famous adjective to describe the desired global space of neoliberalism is ‘flat’ (Friedman 2005; Ohmae 1991). The flatness indicates the eroded significance of national boundaries and of differences of most sorts between people and places across the planet (Brown 2006: 699). Geopolitics, by contrast, relies on a world whose surface is not flat. It is, rather, a world exhaustively divided into differentiated territorial states. Moreover, geopolitics understands each state as having its own interests and as pursuing these with force when and where it is expedient.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Neoliberalism
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781317549666
StatePublished - Jul 7 2016

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Simon Springer, Kean Birch and Julie MacLeavy.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)


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