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New media and public activismNeoliberalism, the state and radical protest in the public sphere$
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John Michael Roberts

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308225

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308225.001.0001

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Neoliberalism and new public management:

Neoliberalism and new public management:

the rise of the competent public sphere

(p.43) Three Neoliberalism and new public management
New media and public activism

John Michael Roberts

Policy Press

This chapter argues that one way in which the neoliberal agenda is imposed on society is through the state project of new public management (NPM). Claiming that only market-based welfare policies can address society’s social ills, NPM also argues that individuals should draw on their own tangible and intangible core competences to succeed in life. The chapter goes on to critically dissect this social and political agenda. In particular, it demonstrates that this agenda is compatible with neoliberal and workfare policies, which exacerbate social divisions in society

Keywords:   contradictions, competence, new public management, public-private partnerships, state power, workfare

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