Massimo De Angelis — Oxymoronic Creatures along the River Thames

Oxymoronic Creatures along the River Thames: Reflections on “Sustainable Communities”, Neoliberal Governance and Capital’s Globalisation
Massimo De Angelis (March 2007)

According to the logic of neoliberal governance, every problem voiced by social movements or advocacy groups can be addressed on condition that the mode of its addressing is through the market: for example, the environmental crisis can be dealt with by the marketing of pollution rights, the human crisis of poverty in the global south can be dealt with by “women empowering” microcredit and its articulation to export promotion policies, and the social, environmental and housing crisis in the urban centers of the global North such as New York and London can be dealt with by “sustainable communities” in the context of major urban development such as the Thames Gateway project.

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