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Book Review: Sanford Schram’s “The Return of Ordinary Capitalism: Neoliberalism, Precarity, Occupy”

Book Review: Sanford Schram’s The Return of Ordinary Capitalism: Neoliberalism, Precarity, Occupy

Eva Bertram, Associate Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Abstract: Sanford Schram’s The Return of Ordinary Capitalism: Neoliberalism, Precarity, Occupy (Oxford University Press, 2015) is an ambitious effort to link together three important political realities of our time: the rise of new forms of neoliberal governance, the associated rise of new forms of social and economic insecurity, and the recent development of organized forms of political resistance symbolized by the figure of “Occupy.” The argument is relevant to all subfields of political science. And so we have invited a range of experts across the discipline to comment on the book and on the broader question the book poses: Are we confronting a new form of capitalism that engenders new forms of politics, and if so, what does this mean for political science?

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Perspectives on Politics / Volume 14 / Issue 02 / June 2016, pp 474-476 / Copyright © American Political Science Association 2016