Reproducing Neoliberalism: the power of Canada’s poor

Tina Hilgers


Based on the varying views of power under neoliberalism, the literature draws divergent conclusions regarding its quality as a policy approach. Neoliberal economic restructuring is generally regarded as positive by the conservative public choice school, as positive by some Weberians and negative by others, and as overwhelmingly negative by Marxians and feminists. Critics usually present restructuring as something that is happening “to” us, that is presented to us as a fait accompli, handed down by bureaucrats and elected officials influenced by international business. This view obscures the role of the average citizen in pushing restructuring forward, not only in allowing it to happen, but also in actively performing it. In response, this paper suggests a global/local intersectional dialectic that locates the expansion of neoliberalism in global and individual sites without obscuring the various oppressions generated by restructuring.


neoliberalism; poverty; agency; intersectional approach

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