On Monday, October 30th join us for a workshop entitled “Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Liberalism”, hosted by the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and co-sponsored by the NYU Department of History. This workshop is generously supported by a grant from the NYU PSL Global Alliance.
This conference will draw on the scholarly work of colleagues in Paris and NYU and direct it toward the current moment in ideology, economics, and politics: the triumph of neoliberalism and the consequent crisis of liberal thought and politics. Briefly stated, the conference will examine the proposition that neoliberalism as a system of thought dominated economic thinking from the 1980s, and squeezed political liberalism into an ever narrower space of civil rights and identity politics devoid of socioeconomic foundations and policy proposals. The manifold consequences have included a collapse of social democracy and American liberalism which failed to address matters of socioeconomic betterment; the tendency toward centrism and right-of-center parties which faced few challenges from he left; a rise in the extreme right which did in fact address matters of economic betterment though for a narrower nation; and a helplessness in the face of extreme economic inequality and, more importantly, stagnant and falling real incomes for the vast majority of the population.