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Who Cares?How to Reshape a Democratic Politics$
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Joan C. Tronto

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702747

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702747.001.0001

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Care, Inc.

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Joan C. Tronto

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the emergence of a market-foremost care that operates within an economic order known as neoliberalism. This “liberalism” refers to the historical association of the free market of capitalism with political freedom, which is usually associated with democracy. Neoliberals argue against trade restrictions, favor the defunding of state-run institutions such as public schools, and even describe the need for people to conduct themselves to fit into this new economic order. Over time, a market-foremost democracy creates an undemocratic, uncaring hierarchy among citizens. It creates a market where those with more economic resources are better able to buy the care they need. If some people are able to buy much of their care while the rest do most of their own care work, their tendency is to no longer think of “those people” as equals who have an equal right to contribute to democratic life, but as servants. How can democracy survive if some citizens view others as fundamentally incompetent, or as people of whom to take advantage?

Keywords:   free market, market-focused democracy, care, capitalism, political freedom, neoliberalism

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