Politics Global Political Economy research cluster Seminar - The Managerial Lineages of Neoliberalism - Samuel Knafo (University of Sussex) - Wednesday 9th March
|Starts:||15:00 9 Mar 2016|
|Ends:||17:00 9 Mar 2016|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
The Global Political Economy research cluster invite you to the following seminar, which takes place at 3pm on Wednesday 9th March in 4.211 University Place:
The Managerial Lineages of Neoliberalism
Samuel Knafo (University of Sussex)
Managerialism is often depicted as a key practice of neoliberalism. Yet, beyond this general acknowledgement, scholars have written very little on the actual relationship between the two. Instead managerial practices are subsumed under a functional reading of neoliberalism. Here, managerial technologies of governance are understood as a straightforward extension of neoliberal theory – the means through which to pursue the self-proclaimed neoliberal goal of promoting market competition.
This paper challenges this perspective by emphasising that scholars of neoliberalism too often conflate two very different social lineages: the trajectory of neoliberal theory which, runs through the Mont Pélerin Society; and the development of managerial technologies of governance, which trace back to the 1950s and the pivotal role of the RAND corporation. By making this epistemological shift, it argues instead for the need to analyse managerialism on its own terms, in order to specify both its key features, and the way in which it constituted a paradigmatic shift in governance.
About Samuel Knafo
Samuel Knafo has worked extensively on liberal financial governance, most notably writing a book entitled the Making of Modern Finance which analyses the rise of liberal financial governance in Britain and which received the 2014 IPEG prize for best book in international political economy. His main project now is to develop a social history of financialisation tracing the political and social struggles around key financial developments in the United State which radically transformed the global financial system. Parallel to this, he is writing on critical methodology developing a form of radical historicism, as a historically driven framework of analysis which places the emphasis on agents and social relations.
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Recent book: The Limits to Capital in Spain: Crisis and Revolt in the European South (Palgrave, 2014). Forthcoming book: The New International Division of Labour: Global Transformation and Uneven Development (Palgrave, 2016).
Organisation: University of Sussex
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4.211 University Place