Neoliberalism by stealth? Exploring continuity and change within the UK social enterprise policy paradigm

Alex Nicholls*, Simon Teasdale*

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Abstract

Social enterprise has been portrayed as challenging neoliberalism, and alternatively, as neoliberalism by stealth. Here we conceptualise social enterprise as a micro-paradigm nested within wider political and economic frameworks. Our analysis of continuity and change over a period of political and economic crisis in England demonstrates considerable evidence of normative change in the ideas underpinning social enterprise policies. However, further analysis reveals that the (neoliberal) cognitive ideas underpinning the social enterprise paradigm remained intact. This suggests that policy paradigms can accommodate normative differences within a shared cognitive framework, and hence, are more fluid, and have greater longevity, than previously recognised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-341
Number of pages19
JournalPolicy and Politics
Volume45
Issue number3
Early online date27 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

Keywords

  • social enterprise
  • neoliberalism
  • economic crisis

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