Sam Hang Tran

Neoliberalism and social enterprise – part 1

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2014 at 2:53 am

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I’m just about old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin Wall. As a young child it seemed like a good idea to me that the East Germans should be allowed to join the rest of us in having decent haircuts and a good football team. The adults however thought they should also have a liberal capitalist economy.

Since the end of the Cold War, neoliberalism has been the economic and political force. It has had a substantial influence on economic, political and social life across the world since, advocating free markets as the best way of organising complex economies. As Margaret Thatcher said ‘There is no alternative’.

In countries such as the UK and USA, this has led to nationalised industries being privatised and governments rolling back their interventions in the workings of the market. The current UK Coalition government are clearly fans, attempting to reduce the size…

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