August 2001, Polity
In this important new book Alain Touraine – the leading
sociologist and social theorist – attacks the positions of
the neoliberals and certain thinkers on the left and develops an
alternative view of the tasks for political thought and action
today. He argues that the globalization of the economy has not
dissolved our capacity for political action, and that the actions
of the most underprivileged sections of society are not restricted
to rebellion against domination: they can also demand rights (in
particular, cultural rights), and can therefore put forward an
innovative and not merely critical conception of society and its
Beyond Neoliberalism is an original and timely contribution to current debates about the changing nature and goals of politics in our contemporary, globalized age. It will be of great interest to students of politics and sociology and will also appeal to a broader readership interested in contemporary politics and current affairs.
1. The Return of Capitalism.
2. Four Exits.
3. New Social Movements?.
4. The Social Left and the Ultra-Left.
5. Two Possible Policies: the Third Way and a Two-and-a-Half Policy.
2. Touraine advances an important new argument about how nation
states can move beyond neo-liberalism.
3. This is a major new contribution to current debates about the future of social democracy.
Peter Wagner, European University Institute
"Alain Touraine remains an intellectual spirit, a saint if you like, behind collective action and social movements everywhere". Radim Marada, Social Movement Studies