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Interdisciplinary Working Group on Neoliberalism

Conveners: Liam McHugh-Russell (LAW),  Julia Rone (SPS), Ola Innset (HEC)

The Neoliberalism Reading Group seeks to interrogate theoretical perspectives on the nature of neoliberalism, drawing on legal, historical and philosophical sources. Meeting over the next six months, and culminating with a visit by noted economist historian Philip Mirowski in March, the goal of the group is neither to pin down what neoliberalism 'really' is, nor to decide whether it's a good thing or a bad thing, but to critically engage with a variety of arguments that have been associated with the term. The aim is to familiarize ourselves with popular vocabularies of resistance while inoculating against the careless use of contested, politically-loaded terminology masquerading as conceptual analysis.


Faculty contact:

Professor Claire Kilpatrick (LAW)


Provisional schedule for Term 1:

Session 1 (October 2nd) - Classics of Neoliberal Thought (Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Gary Becker)

Session 2 (late October) - Idealist/Cultural Approaches (e.g. Wendy Brown, Michel Foucault, Dardot & Laval)

Session 3 (mid-November) - Political/Materialist Approaches (e.g. David Harvey, Ha Joon Chang, Stedman-Jones)

Session 4 (early December) - Contested Institutions of Market Rationality (e.g. Raymond Plant, Andrew Lang, Alasdair Roberts)

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