Neoliberal Political Economy, Subjectivity, and Resilience: A Panel Discussion with Peter Hall, Michele Lamont, Vivien Schmidt and Mark Thatcher
On Wednesday, April 9, the Center for the Study of Europe and the Center for Finance, Law & Policy, celebrated the publication by Cambridge University Press of Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy, edited by Center Director Vivien Schmidt and LSE colleague Mark Thatcher. Schmidt and Thatcher were joined at Boston University by Peter Hall and Michèle Lamont, co-editors of Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era, another recent publication from Cambridge University Press. The four panelists took up the question of “resilience,” both the resilience of neoliberal ideas in policy debates and policy discourse, the theme of Schmidt and Thatcher’s book, as well as the resilience of communities, social groups and nations in the face of neoliberal challenges, the theme of Hall and Lamont’s book.
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Join us for a panel discussion with Peter Hall and Michèle Lamont, co-editors of Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era, and Vivien Schmidt and Mark Thatcher, co-editors of Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy. The four panelists will take up the question of “resilience,” both the resilience of neoliberal ideas in policy debates and policy discourse, the theme of Schmidt and Thatcher’s book, as well as the resilience of communities, social groups and nations in the face of neoliberal challenges, the theme of Hall and Lamont’s book. They hope, by discussing the books together, to highlight the dynamism between ideas and agents, or actors, in political economic life.
Wednesday, April 9, 5 to 7 PM
Boston University College of Arts & Sciences
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room B36
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Finance, Law and Policy at Boston University.
On March 25-26, following the Council for European Studies meeting in Boston, the Center for the Study of Europe hosted a workshop entitled Resilient Liberalism: European Political Economy Through Boom and Bust [download program]. The two-day workshop brought together the contributors to a forthcoming Cambridge University Press publication on the state of European political economy, co-edited by Center Director Vivien A. Schmidt and Mark Thatcher from the London School of Economics as part of a larger study of the role of ideas in political economic change. The workshop was generously funded by the Center for the Humanities at Boston University, with contributions from the Departments of International Relations and Political Science. It will be followed by a second workshop at Sciences Po in Paris, funded by the European Science Foundation.
Although from the standpoint of the United States, Europe appears as a haven of social democracy, strongly opposed to economic liberalism, in truth since at least the 1980s the influence of neo-liberal ideas, institutions, and policies has grown steadily. These have profoundly changed the ways in which capitalism works across Europe’s different national economies as well as had major impacts on its welfare states. The central question addressed by the authors concerns why neo-liberal ideas have proven so resilient even in a ‘cold climate’ such as Europe, and despite apparently large-scale failures, theoretical critiques, and the existence of powerful alternatives. To answer the question, contributors examined the in-roads of economic liberalism on the European Union and its member-states as well as its spillover effects on political liberalism and democracy from historical, philosophical, and political economic vantage points.
Following the workshop, four of the authors, top experts on different aspects of European economics, politics, and welfare states, took part in a panel discussion on the European financial crisis – The Eurozone Crisis: Is There a Way Out? The public event, moderated by Vivien Schmidt, featured Maurizio Ferrera from the University of Milan, Andrew Gamble from Cambridge University, Mark Thatcher from LSE, and Sigurt Vitols from the Wissenschaftzentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung.