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Agency and neoliberalism

Wrenn, Mary V.

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Mary Wrenn
Senior Lecturer in Economics


© The Author 2014. The intensification of neoliberalism requires institutions and mental models that are not only complementary, but also interactively reinforcing. Since an individual's agency is the product of her mental models, it stands to reason that agency within neoliberalism must bear certain ethnographic markers necessary to sustain the system. The argument set forth is that agency within the specific context of neoliberalism requires tailored cultural mechanisms and artefacts to construct and support a self-referential yet non-authentic agency.


Wrenn, M. V. (2015). Agency and neoliberalism. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 39(5), 1231-1243.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 6, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 25, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 21, 2019
Journal Cambridge Journal of Economics
Print ISSN 0309-166X
Electronic ISSN 1464-3545
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 5
Pages 1231-1243
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Cambridge Journal of Economics following peer review. The version of record [Wrenn, M. (2015) Agency and neoliberalism. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 39 (5). pp. 1231-1243. ISSN 0309-166X] is available online at:


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