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neofeudalism (uncountable)

  1. (politics, sociology) The contemporary rebirth of policies of governance, economy and public life reminiscent of those present in many feudal societies.
    • 2001, Ken Binmore, 8: The Breakdown of Social Contracts, Steven N. Durlauf, H. Peyton Young (editors), Social Dynamics, page 230,
      The founding fathers of the American Republic understood this point perfectly well when they built a system of checks and balances into the American Constitution in an attempt to confine neofeudalism to the Old World.
    • 2013, Majia Holmer Nadesan, Chapter 3: Neofeudalism and the Financial Crisis: Implications for Occupy Wall Street, Renee Guarriello Heath, Courtney Vail Fletcher, Ricardo Munoz (editors), Understanding Occupy: from Wall Street to Portland, page 39,
      Neofeudalism is rhetorically pitted against a purer, romanticized form of capitalism characterized by small and medium-sized enterprise operating in a “free,” but disciplining market.
      Neofeudalism is also used by activists critical of capitalism itself.
    • 2013, Tatah Mentan, Democracy for Breakfast? Unveiling Mirage Democracy in Contemporary Africa, page viii,
      Neoliberalism therefore is the default position of capitalism to which it reverts unless restrained by popular struggles against its institutionalized rule in political systems such as neofeudalism, managed democracy and inverted totalitarianism.


  • (rebirth of policies reminiscent of feudal societies): new feudalism

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