Recovering Neo-liberalism: From Myth to Reality?

Town Hall - Mirror Room (Reception Room A)
Time Slot: 
Monday 30th March 11:30 - 13:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Matt Beech (University of Hull)
Panel Discussant: 
  • Dr Judi Atkins (Aston University)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Simon Lee (University of Hull)
  • Dr Terrence Casey (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
  • Dr Andy Knott (University of Brighton)

In the wake of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) neo-liberal models of capitalism were questioned. Britain and America temporarily rediscovered Keynesian techniques of demand management unused for decades. Despite the interpretive difficulties neo-liberalism in its various forms remains the default characterisation of political economy in Britain, America and beyond. Firstly, this panel asks why this is the case. Secondly, the panel seeks to interrogate the assumptions behind neo-liberalism in the hope of recovering a more authentic explanation of this paradigmatic school of thought. The authors come from contrasting normative traditions but share in common a commitment to understanding ideas (and in this instance those surrounding neo-liberalism) in their historical context.