Neoliberalism, Ordoliberalism and the Future of the European Union

In this seminar, we will investigate the role that neoliberal, ordoliberal and conservative ideas play in the political economy of the European Union. This entails an examination of the basic setup of the European Union and Eurozone and how they correspond to neoliberal designs of a supranational federation, and, particularly, an analysis of the institutional restructuring of the Eurozone in response to the recent crisis.

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Thomas Biebricher studied political science, economics and public law at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg and Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. After graduating in 2000, he earned his doctorate in 2003 in Freiburg with a dissertation titled “The Self-critique of Modernity: Habermas and Foucault in Comparison” published by Campus Verlag in 2005. From 2003 to 2009 he worked as a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida, Gainesville. From 2009 to 2012 he headed a junior research group at the Cluster of Excellence at Goethe-University Frankfurt on the subject of “Crisis and Normative Order of Neoliberalism and its Transformation.” In 2012 and 2013 he represented the chairs of Political Theory and Philosophy as well as International Political Theory at the Cluster of Excellence. In winter  2014, he was DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor at the Institute for European Studies of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. From 2014 to 2017, he was the Chair of Political Theory and Philosophy at Goethe University. Presently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Cluster of Excellence. He is the author of The Political Theory of Neoliberalism (Stanford University Press, 2019).

Co-sponsored by Political Economy Program, Department of Political Science and the Program in Critical Theory.