An Intellectual History of Neoliberalism (1938-1990)

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Economics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
A History of Neoliberalism
Spring 2023
Taught By: Cesar Castillo Garcia
Section: A

CRN: 13269

Credits: 4

Neoliberalism is a child of the 20th century. As a term that has a particular social life, its origins relate to the concerns of a transnational group of intellectuals who looks to update Western economic liberalism. In this course, we reconstruct the history of neoliberal political theory by studying the ideas and actions of their representatives. We cover initial discussions regarding the viability of the term, which took place during the Walter Lippmann Colloquium in 1938. Then, we recall the first Mont Pélerin Society meeting of 1947 as a second foundational event. After that, we study three specific features of the neoliberal agenda. (i) The complementary between the principles of competition (economics) and the rule of law (politics). (ii) The role of austerity and its complementarity with authoritarianism. (iii) The role of neoliberalism in economic development and its relation to foreign capital. Finally, we look at specific country cases in Latin America and Asia, where neoliberals expanded their network since the latter 1940s.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Economics (LECO)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:32am EST 2/7/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1107
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023