Neoliberalism as History

24 02 2012

Reagan and Thatcher

I’m currently teaching a class on the history of globalisation. It’s designed to introduce first-year history, politics, and IR students to economic history, business history, and global history. Right now, my students are researching their essays. One of the available topics  is:  How has neoliberalism changed the world since 1978?

I’ve given the students the following list of sources to get them started with their library research.  All of the students will be watching the PBS documentary The Commanding Heights, which should also help prepare them to tackle this essay question.

Sources: Mirowski, Philip, and Dieter Plehwe. The Road from Mont Pèlerin The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2009;  Birch, Kean, and Vlad Mykhnenko. The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: The Collapse of an Economic Order? London: Zed Books, 2010; Jeong, Seongjin. “The Korean Developmental State: From Dirigisme to Neoliberalism.” Historical Materialism 17, no. 3 (September 2009): 244-257; Harvey, David. A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005; Duménil, Gérard, and Dominique Lévy. The Crisis of Neoliberalism. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2011; Silva, Eduardo. Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009; Mensah, Joseph. Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations from the Embattled Continent. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

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