As suggested in Chapter 4, the riddle of hegemony in global politics can partly be solved by using a Gramscian analysis accounting for the problems that a lack of an international state might cause. Another problem is to demonstrate adequately the form and character that hegemony might take. This is particularly important at the global level, where diversities appear across a national, regional and cultural divide. Therefore, one of the more obvious problems of understanding contemporary neoliberalism is to explore and account for the different ways in which it is articulated across the world. This in itself raises more problems. How, for example, can neoliberalism adequately explain a range of diversities that are undeniable within global political and economic affairs? To try to understand these, a definition of neoliberalism is required that accounts for the diverse forms of consent produced at different levels of global political and civil society. This in itself appears to be a difficult task, as the word ‘neoliberalism’ itself, and the ideology associated with it can provide a number of different assumptions when establishing a definition for it.
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