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Title: The Neoliberal Seduction: Governing-at-a-distance, Community Development and the Battle over Financial Services Provision in Australia
Contributor(s): Argent, Neil  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2005
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2005.00296.x
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Abstract: This paper is concerned with understanding the reasons for the apparent success of neoliberalism: why the model of the 'entrepreneurial, self-reliant community' has been adopted so widely and readily across Australia. It does this through an analysis of two events in the restructuring of financial services provision in regional Australia during the 1990s and 2000s: the John Laws/Australian Bankers' Association 'cash for comment' affair, and the rise of 'alternative' financial service providers in the wake of the major trading banks' financial service withdrawal programmes of the 1990s. This analysis is conducted using the conceptual toolkit of the governmentality literature. In this context, the paper explores the notion of translation — how authorities, agencies, etc., exert control over distant entities, whether these entities be branch staff or a far-flung consumer market. In examining the often fragile character of 'governing-at-a-distance' in modern forms of rule, it is argued that some recent advances in the 'geography of power' have much to offer in highlighting both the important roles played by space and scale in the execution of power in its various guises and the ways in which resistance to the more regressive features of neoliberal philosophy and policy may best focus.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Geographical Research, 43(1), p. 29-39
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
ISSN: 1745-5863
Field of Research (FOR): 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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