PSCI 224 Fall 2014 Neo-liberalism: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

We live in the era of neo-liberalism. But what does this mean? This course will focus on neo-liberalism in comparative perspective, looking mainly at the US and Europe. It will consider how neo-liberalism is defined, the role of states in making and maintaining neo-liberalism, the centrality of markets to neo-liberal conceptions, and the kinds of politics that produced and are produced by neo-liberalism. Economically, the course will look at the institutional configuration of neo-liberalism, changes in economies, growing inequality, the financial crises, and prevalence of debt. Politically, the course will address changes in the role of government, what governments do and do not do, the growing influence of financial interests, the role of identities in mobilizing support for and legitimating governments, and the impact of these developments on the status of citizenship and democracy.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers--one 3-page, one 5-page, and one 10-page paper
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses,PSCI Comparative Politics Courses,PSCI International Relations Courses
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1592
PSCI 224 - 01 (F) SEM Neo-liberalism Division 2: Social Studies Michael D. MacDonald
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Griffin 1 1592
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