I've had an article accepted by Political Quarterly (Andrew Gamble's last act as editor, no less; there's one for an incredibly niche and tedious pub quiz) entitled 'The Emerging Neo-Communitarianism'. It'll be published in October, but I've uploaded a pre-print here.
This was a paper I initially presented in Delhi last year, in the Rising Powers symposium. It attempts to interpret and characterise emerging forms of government, in terms of micro-political departures from key tenets of neoliberalism. By abandoning the Hayekian and the neo-classical emphasis on an autonomous, choosing individual, to be governed through prices and incentives, in favour of a more social and habitual individual, policy-makers are moving towards a form of 'neo-communitarianism'. Neo-communitarianism is to communitarianism as neoliberalism is to liberalism, that is, it is a technocratic, economised derivative of a moral and political philosophy.
If you're still reading, this chart lays out a typology of the two rival styles or logics of government that the paper explores:
The paper is pretty speculative in its outlook. Clearly we do not have a grand new paradigmatic idea, such as Keynesian demand management. But perhaps scholars and policy-makers need to accept that crises do not always occasion grand paradigm shifts, but also occasion more subtle and organic changes, which enable governments to simply cope. The belief that an Idea, probably produced by some brilliant grey-haired man in a university, will rescue us, may be a comfort blanket we need to abandon.