Neo-Liberal Discourse and the Global Food Crisis
The global food crisis of 2008 presented the neo-liberal development model with its sharpest international challenge since the Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s. Responding to the crisis, many of the world’s poor vociferously protested their condition, forcing world leaders, international institutions and the global media to take stock of the systemic failure. This article is concerned with gauging the response of neo-liberal discourse to the crisis as articulated through the global media and institutions. Political Economy of the Media and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), are here utilized as a means to identify the hierarchy of actors and the political formations that are mobilized in response to the crisis, at the level of international projection. The article argues that what emerges from the food crisis is a defining causal structure of economism/urgency/new consensus, which manages to simulate radical self-reflexivity while securing further terrain for the expansion of neo-liberalism.
University of Otago
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