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 Knowledge and Discourse In this context [ measures of redistribution e.g. profound restructuring of tax systems - by oanth] , policies of knowledge play a key role. Neoliberalism has led to the far-reaching privatisation of the production of knowledge. By extending private universities and research institutes and as a result of the growing dependence of research on private funding, research topics were increasingly coupled to the interests of enterprises and market usability. This, therefore, fostered disciplinary orthodoxies marginalising alternative approaches, in particular in politically crucial disciplines like economics and the social sciences. If economic knowledge is to be pluralised and if the constrictions of the economic mainstream are to be overcome, the plurality of approaches has to be promoted, public funding has to be raised, and the conditions of generating knowledge have to be democratised. Within the field of economics, this would certainly lead to new definitions of key concepts like ‘market’, ‘competition’, ‘welfare’ or ‘need’, as well as of other crucial political terms that had been profoundly reinterpreted during the last decades in accordance with neoliberal principles and integrated into a neoliberal horizon of thought.



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