Responding to the Economic Crisis: Austerity, Neoliberalism, and Beyond Neoliberalism

October 06, 2011 // 1:00pm3:00pm

Around the world, politicians, activists, scholars, and journalists describe the world as increasingly "neoliberal." For decades, populations worldwide have protested against neoliberal structural adjustment and austerity policies advocated by the IMF and World Bank. The protests in Greece were just a recent case of this worldwide critique. The riots in Britain have also been presented as the result of neoliberal policies. What do these protestors and commentators mean by neoliberalism? Why is it so important? What has caused neoliberalism?  Which neoliberal trends do we see around the world? Is neoliberalism coming to an end? This panel will discuss the emergence of neoliberalism and its current state both worldwide and specifically in the former socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. 

Speakers and topics:

Johanna Bockman,George Mason University -  "What is Neoliberalism and Where Did It Come From?"
Sharon Fisher, IHS Global Insight - "Why it's Hard to Say Good-Bye to Neoliberalism: Lessons from Central Europe"
Mitchell Orenstein, Johns Hopkins University - "The Decline of Neoliberalism" 



6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Johanna Bockman // <i>Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, East European Stu
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University, MA
  • Sharon Fisher // Title VIII Supported Short-Term Scholar
    Senior Economist, Global Insight
  • S. Richard Hirsch Associate Professor of European Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • Nida Gelazis // Former Senior Associate
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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant

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