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Jason Scott Smith, University of New Mexico

The Liberal Roots of the Neoliberal Order

The Liberal Roots of the Neoliberal Order

This paper explores the transformation of American liberalism: how did an ideology designed to regulate the economy culminate in a legal and political system that empowered the market? Between the 1930s and the global financial crisis of 2008, I argue, New Deal efforts to stabilize capitalism and fight economic inequality were transformed by representatives of the nation’s business community into a project designed to advance their own priorities.

Respondent: Jeff Sklansky, University of Illinois at Chicago, and James Sparrow, University of Chicago