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Economic, experiments, evidence: poor behavior and the development of market subjects


Berndt, Christian; Boeckler, Marc (2017). Economic, experiments, evidence: poor behavior and the development of market subjects. In: Higgins, Vaughan; Larner, Wendy. Assembling neoliberalism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 283-302.

Abstract

The chapter charts the rise of behaviorism and experimentalism in economics, and the specific way in which the behavioral and experimental apparatus is being translated into the marketization of poor smallholders in the rural Global South. We argue that this shift is connected to the reformulated ideal of an “imperfect” economic subject. Speculating tentatively about a corresponding assemblage of a rearticulated “roll-in neoliberalism”, we discuss the contradictions in a policy script that sets out to engineer seemingly “passive” subjects and point to parallels with similar policies that are targeted at “undesired” behavior in the Global North.

Abstract

The chapter charts the rise of behaviorism and experimentalism in economics, and the specific way in which the behavioral and experimental apparatus is being translated into the marketization of poor smallholders in the rural Global South. We argue that this shift is connected to the reformulated ideal of an “imperfect” economic subject. Speculating tentatively about a corresponding assemblage of a rearticulated “roll-in neoliberalism”, we discuss the contradictions in a policy script that sets out to engineer seemingly “passive” subjects and point to parallels with similar policies that are targeted at “undesired” behavior in the Global North.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:18 Apr 2017 13:11
Last Modified:09 Dec 2017 00:43
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:978-1-137-58203-4
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58204-1_14

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