Nine Lives of Neoliberalism

Nine Lives of Neoliberalism

Philip Mirowski, Dieter Plehwe, Quinn Slobodian

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Untangling the long history of neoliberalism

Neoliberalism is dead. Again. Yet the philosophy of the free market and the strong state has an uncanny capacity to survive, and even thrive, in times of crisis. Understanding neoliberalism’s longevity and its latest permutation requires a more detailed understanding of its origins and development.

This volume breaks with the caricature of neoliberalism as a simple, unvariegated belief in market fundamentalism and homo economicus. It shows how neoliberal thinkers perceived institutions from the family to the university, disagreed over issues from intellectual property rights and human behavior to social complexity and monetary order, and sought to win consent for their project through the creation of new honors, disciples, and networks. Far from a monolith, neoliberal thought is fractured and, occasionally, even at war with itself. We can begin to make sense of neoliberalism’s nine lives only by understanding its own tangled and complex history.


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Philip Mirowski:
Quinn Slobodian is the author of Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. He teaches history at Wellesley College.

Dieter Plehwe is a Research Fellow in the Center for Civil Society Research unit of the WZB Social Science Center Berlin. He is the author and editor of several books on neoliberalism including Neoliberal Hegemony: A Global Critiqueand The Road From Mont Pèlerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective.

Philip Mirowski is a historian and philosopher of economic thought at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. His many previous books include Machine Dreams and More Heat than Light, and he appeared in Adam Curtis’s BBC documentary The Trap.


Quinn Slobodian is the author of Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. He teaches history at Wellesley College.

Dieter Plehwe is a Research Fellow in the Center for Civil Society Research unit of the WZB Social Science Center Berlin. He is the author and editor of several books on neoliberalism including Neoliberal Hegemony: A Global Critiqueand The Road From Mont Pèlerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective.

Philip Mirowski is a historian and philosopher of economic thought at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. His many previous books include Machine Dreams and More Heat than Light, and he appeared in Adam Curtis’s BBC documentary The Trap.


Quinn Slobodian is the author of Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. He teaches history at Wellesley College.

Dieter Plehwe is a Research Fellow in the Center for Civil Society Research unit of the WZB Social Science Center Berlin. He is the author and editor of several books on neoliberalism including Neoliberal Hegemony: A Global Critiqueand The Road From Mont Pèlerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective.

Philip Mirowski is a historian and philosopher of economic thought at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. His many previous books include Machine Dreams and More Heat than Light, and he appeared in Adam Curtis’s BBC documentary The Trap.

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