The Road from Mont Pèlerin
Philip Mirowski, Dieter Plehwe
Harvard University Press, Jun 19, 2009 - Business & Economics - 469 pages
What exactly is neoliberalism, and where did it come from? This volume attempts to answer these questions by exploring neoliberalismâe(tm)s origins and growth as a political and economic movement.
Although modern neoliberalism was born at the âeoeColloque Walter Lippmannâe in 1938, it only came into its own with the founding of the Mont PÃ ̈lerin Society, a partisan âeoethought collective,âe in Vevey, Switzerland, in 1947. Its original membership was made up of transnational economists and intellectuals, including Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, George Stigler, Karl Popper, Michael Polanyi, and Luigi Einaudi. From this small beginning, their ideas spread throughout the world, fostering, among other things, the political platforms of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and the Washington Consensus.
The Road from Mont PÃ ̈lerin presents the key debates and conflicts that occurred among neoliberal scholars and their political and corporate allies regarding trade unions, development economics, antitrust policies, and the influence of philanthropy. The book captures the depth and complexity of the neoliberal âeoethought collectiveâe while examining the numerous ways that neoliberal discourse has come to shape the global economy.