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Constructions of Neoliberal Reason$
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Jamie Peck

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580576

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580576.001.0001

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Decoding Obamanomics

Decoding Obamanomics

(p.231) 6 Decoding Obamanomics
Constructions of Neoliberal Reason

Jamie Peck

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a critical examination of President Barack Obama's economic philosophy and policy, focusing on the presidential campaign and his first year in office. It is argued that ‘Obamanomics’ represents an appropriately ambiguous placeholder for what remains an elusive economic philosophy, which in practice has oscillated between emergency measures and pragmatic adjustments. The nearest relative to Obamanomics may be the ‘Third Way’ ideology espoused by Bill Clinton and Tony Blair in the late 1990s, which likewise sought to combine an embrace of free-market globalization with social amelioration in domestic policy. In as far as the financial crisis of 2008-9 provided both an impetus and a rationale for a radical reorientation of economic policy in the United States (and internationally), the opportunity for developing a progressive version of Obamanomics may already have been missed. Rather than transcending neoliberalism, this seems to presage a further period of accommodation and adaptation.

Keywords:   Obamanomics, Barack Obama, US economic policy, financial crisis, Tony Blair, Third Way, Clintonomics

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