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 (nē′ō-lĭb′ər-ə-lĭz′əm, -lĭb′rə-)
A political theory of the late 1900s holding that personal liberty is maximized by limiting government interference in the operation of free markets.

ne′o·lib′er·al adj. & n.
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Noun1.neoliberal - a liberal who subscribes to neoliberalism
liberal, liberalist, progressive - a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
Adj.1.neoliberal - having or showing belief in the need for economic growth in addition to traditional liberalistic values
liberal - tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
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The Gujarat development model dovetailed perfectly with neo-liberal ideology in which free entry and exit of capital keeps investors happy, while a burgeoning urban middle class is afforded cheap credit to indulge in ostentatious consumption.
Their topics include community development in an unequal world: challenging neo-liberal values, negotiating consent in neighborhood-based community development work, ethical issues in community development and action research with communities facing stigmatization, relational ethics and transformative community organizing in the neo-liberal US context, and a community economies perspective for ethical community development.
Earlier, in the 1980s and 1990s, the World Bank and its neo-liberal supporters were still obsessed with the promotion of the privatization of government-managed pension and social security programs, as part of the broader program of privatizing, deregulating and liberalizing economies of the world.
This problem has become more severe in the neo-liberal era as states have dismantled long-standing programmes that provided some assistance through the provision of working capital at subsidized rates.
The results of this chapter show that everything converts to a form of market in contemporary life due to neo-liberal policies.
The European Union's purported neo-liberal policies have apparently placed this group in a precarious position.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Mexico's new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has denounced the neo-liberal economic policies of his predecessors as a "disaster and calamity," vowing to tackle corruption and chronic poverty in the Latin American country.
The problem with this neo-liberal classist form of thinking is that the poor suffer.
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The group pointed out that DepEd, as the sole regulator of the education sector, should be blamed for implementing neo-liberal policies that force parents to pay and enroll children in private schools rather than in public schools.
A writer for The Guardian describes neo-liberalism as nothing less than "the ideology at the root of all our problems," one responsible for "epidemics of mental illness" that is "crushing the minds and bodies of millions." Upon the election of President Donald Trump, left-wing professor Cornell West declared "the neo-liberal era in the US ended with a neo-fascist bang."
What puzzles me about Akel's choice is that Spanos is not just a wealthy businessman, but he is one of us -- a neo-liberal supporter of the free market.