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McKeown, A., Glenn, J.
The rise of resilience after the financial crises: A case of neoliberalism rebooted?
(2018) Review of International Studies, 44 (2), pp. 193-214.

DOI: 10.1017/S0260210517000493

This article critically examines recent works on resilience. In so doing, it argues that rather than representing some radical rupture with current practices heralding the dawn of a new era, as David Chandler claims, the emphasis on individuals as resilient subjects simply represents a new phase in the neoliberal shift from the state as provider to state as enabler and promoter of self-reliance. Indeed, our present preoccupation with complexity, uncertainty, and resilience can best be understood as reflecting the consequences of neoliberal policies Moreover, the article further argues that there is an attendant danger that resilience thinking may further promote neoliberal forms of governmentality and encourage a degree of political passivity. The emphasis on resilience is in danger of depoliticising highly political choices, shifting attention toward ex-post policies of survival and recovery rather than challenging the current economic order and resisting the further imposition of neoliberal policies on already beleaguered populations. This article therefore argues for shifting our emphasis towards a Foucauldian analysis of power and resistance. © 2017 British International Studies Association.

Author Keywords
Financial Crises; Foucault; Neoliberalism; Resilience; Resistance; Uncertainty

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