Neo-liberalism: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
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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.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers--one 3-page, one 5-page, and one 10-page paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses; PSCI Comparative Politics Courses; PSCI International Relations Courses