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A Teaching Topic in Socioeconomic and Political Context 

The Rise of Neo-liberalism, and Contemporary Challenges

This topic examines the rise of neo-liberal economic ideas during the second half of the 20th century, and the continued influence of those ideas on contemporary policy debates. Students learn about neo-liberal critiques of the modern welfare state and Keynesian economic theory.

Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5115)

Mark Blyth. 2002. Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. Chapter 5 and 6.

Thomas Lemke. 2001. The birth of bio-politics: Michel Foucault’s lecture at the Collège de France, Economy and Society, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 190-207

Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson. 2010. Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer – And Turned its Back on the Middle Class. New York, Simon and Schuster. Chapter 4 & 5.

Alain Lipietz. 1992. Towards a New Economic Order: Postfordism, Ecology and Democracy. Cambridge, Polity Press. Chapter 1 and 2.


Bob Jessop. 1993. Towards a Schumpeterian Workfare State? Preliminary Remarks on Post-Fordist Political Economy, Studies in Political Economy, 40, Spring, pp. 7-39

Robert Skidelsky. 1979. The decline of Keynesian Politics, in Colin Crouch ed. State and Economy in Contemporary Capitalism, London, Croom Helm.

Source: PADM 5115 Syllabus, 2012

Page Created By: Ben Eisen, last edited 3 July, 2013


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