Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism

Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism

by Quinn Slobodian


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George Louis Beer Prize Winner
Wallace K. Ferguson Prize Finalist
A Marginal Revolution Book of the Year

“A groundbreaking contribution…Intellectual history at its best.”
—Stephen Wertheim, Foreign Affairs

Neoliberals hate the state. Or do they? In the first intellectual history of neoliberal globalism, Quinn Slobodian follows a group of thinkers from the ashes of the Habsburg Empire to the creation of the World Trade Organization to show that neoliberalism emerged less to shrink government and abolish regulations than to redeploy them at a global level. It was a project that changed the world, but was also undermined time and again by the relentless change and social injustice that accompanied it.

“Slobodian’s lucidly written intellectual history traces the ideas of a group of Western thinkers who sought to create, against a backdrop of anarchy, globally applicable economic rules. Their attempt, it turns out, succeeded all too well.”
—Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg Opinion

“Fascinating, innovative…Slobodian has underlined the profound conservatism of the first generation of neoliberals and their fundamental hostility to democracy.”
—Adam Tooze, Dissent

“The definitive history of neoliberalism as a political project.”
Boston Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674244849
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 196,784
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Quinn Slobodian is Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Thinking in World Orders 1

1 A World of Walls 27

2 A World of Numbers 55

3 A World of Federations 91

4 A World of Rights 121

5 A World of Races 146

6 A World of Constitutions 182

7 A World of Signals 218

Conclusion: A World of People without a People 263

Notes 289

Acknowledgments 363

Index 365

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