[Morton]'s account of peasants' defiance of neoliberal reforms was overburdened with concepts bolstering rhetorical positions rather than increasing our theoretical understanding or substantive grasp of the case. Peasants were depicted as facing a set of powerful actors, united in pursuit of a single goal. Politics is messier than that; disagreement among powerful actors can create opportunities for peasants' strategies. In the pieces by [Leonard Seabrooke] and [Paul Langley], individuals' decisions about savings and investments influenced the effectiveness of government policies. There are obvious and significant extrapolations from their thinking, relevant to contemporary issues. Some dimensions of their chapters could have been more fully explored, however. Seabrooke examines British financial regulations in the years before World War I, but it would have been nice to link these issues to political parties, because they help explain Labour's split from the Liberals. In Langley's discussion of the rise of a "shareholder society" in the United States, he fails to ask whether Americans' ideas about corporations have changed.
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