Neoliberalism, Trade Unions and the Labour Market: An overview of the core ideological claims

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Speaker: 
Ben Jackson, Associate Professor & Tutorial Fellow in Modern History, Faculty of History & University College, Oxford University
Dr Jackson questions what was distinctive about the neoliberal understanding of labour and traced the various dimensions of this radical ideological innovation, encompassing neoliberals’ understanding of the economic relationship between trade unions and employment, inequality and inflation; of the distinction between the state and civil society; and ultimately the neoliberal attempt to dissolve the language of class altogether through the sponsorship of alternative discourses about ‘human capital’ and producer and consumer interests.
 
This talk was given at the Neoliberalism, Employment and the Law workshop at Wolfson College, Oxford, hosted by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society in November 2015.