The Conditions and Contradictions of Legitimation and Will-Formation Under Global Neoliberalism

  • Alessandro BonannoEmail author


This chapter analyzes the conditions that created the early legitimation of global neoliberalism and later engendered its legitimation crisis. While the claim of impartiality of market relations legitimized neoliberalism, subsequent events engendered not only a crisis of system integration but also a crisis of social integration. The crisis of social integration is made explicit by the rampant dissatisfaction with the corporate domination of society that invalidates new forms of “civic privatism.” These conditions, the chapter concludes, delegitimize the message of desirability of an economy and society based on the free functioning of the market and its ideology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologySam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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