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Donald Trump, neoliberalism and political reconfiguration
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Studies of the period from the time of the 2008 financial crisis onwards have taken the concept of neoliberalism as their starting point. Although there are definitional problems and the term is less widely used in the US than in Europe, it captures the changes brought from the late 1970s onwards and ways in which the post-war Keynesian settlement was dismantled through deregulation, privatisation and the pulling back of social provision. For decades, neoliberalism has been politically upheld, extended or ameliorated by established 'mainstream' parties. Neoliberalism is being laid low by a conflict-based form of politics that will progressively eradicate old solidarities and pit the 'people' against those who are not within its ranks. 'Trumpism' and European forms of populism are in some ways weakly embedded but they may well exacerbate and intensify the battles and processes of group competition between different constituencies.

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