Peripheral Liberalism. Market Economists and the Liberal Script outside the West, 1970–2020

Peripheral Liberalism. Market Economists and the Liberal Script outside the West, 1970–2020

Junior Research Group 'Peripheral Liberalism', Cluster of Excellence 'Contestations of the Liberal Script'
Takes place
From - Until
06.10.2022 - 07.10.2022
Tobias Rupprecht, Exzellenzcluster 'Contestations of the Liberal Script', Freie Universität Berlin

The two-day workshop revisits the global history of economic transformation since the 1970s. Scholars from five continents will present new research on the role of (neo-)liberal thought and self-professed liberal intellectual and political figures in countries that once belonged to the second and third worlds during the Cold War

Peripheral Liberalism. Market Economists and the Liberal Script outside the West, 1970–2020

Economic reform debates and the political impact of pro-market economists in countries outside the Cold War Western alliance are undergoing revision by scholars of political economy, global history, and neoliberalism. Most recent research now firmly places intellectual and economic changes within global shifts in economics and economic thought that began in the 1970s, thus moving away from a fixation on 1989 and the arrival of foreign advisors as external promoters of a liberal script created in the West. Forms of ‘peripheral liberalism’, a range of ideas on market- and individual rights-based transformation, emerged in most parts of the world and would – to varying degrees – have momentous effects on economic reforms and political change.

The workshop is organised by members of the Junior Research Group ‘Peripheral Liberalism’: Dr Tobias Rupprecht; Alice Trinkle; Kevin Axe; Maximiliano Jara; George Payne.


Thursday, 6th October, Humboldt Forum, HUB X, 1st floor

10:00 – Welcome speech, Tobias Rupprecht, FU Berlin

10:15 – Session 1: Soviet Union

Olessia Kirtchik
From Collective to Private Farm. Economic Experts and Power during Perestroika

Adam Leeds, Columbia University
Yegor Gaidar's Early Thought. The Perfection of the Economic Mechanism and Reform Thinking Before Transition

Tobias Rupprecht, FU Berlin
A Failed Precursor of Russian Peripheral Liberalism. Why Gorbachev’s ‘Chinese Path’ Was Doomed

Comments: Juliane Fürst, ZZF Potsdam

12:00 – Session 2: Soviet Union-Russia

Ivan Boldyrev, Radboud University
An Invisible Trailblazer. Leonid Kantorovich and his International Liaisons

Fritz Bartel, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M
The IMF’s First Visits to Post-Soviet Russia

Ilya Matveev
From ‘Economic Liberalism’ to ‘Technocracy’. The Trajectory of the Neoliberal Bloc in Russia

Comments: Tobias Rupprecht, FU Berlin

14:15 – Session 3: Former Soviet Union

Kevin Axe, FU Berlin
A Baltic Tiger Teaches Abroad. Estonian Exportation of Neoliberal Thought, 1985-2003

Juhan Saharov, University of Tartu
Horizontal Contractuality in Services and Agriculture in the Estonian SSR (1985-87)

Vladimer Papava, Tbilisi State University
On Liberal Economic Reforms in Post-Communist Georgia

Comments: Fredrik Stöcker, Universität Wien

16:00 – Session 4: Africa

Sa’eed Husaini, Center for Democracy and Development, Abuja
Party Manifestos and Economic Position-taking in Nigeria’s Four Republics

Alexander Peeples, Johns Hopkins University
Financiers and Liberal Bureaucrats of African Socialism

Comments: Jeremiah Arowosegbe, HU Berlin

17:00 – Session 5: Latin America

Maximilian Jara, FU Berlin
An Alternative Route of Chilean Neoliberalism. Pedro Ibáñez Ojeda and the Regional Meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society in Viña del Mar

José Antonio Galindo Dominguez, El Colegio de México
Founders of the Latin American Neoliberal Order. The Inter-American Council for Trade and Development as a Space of Contact and Formation of the Latin American Liberal Idea, 1945-1955

Comments: Álvaro Morcillo, FU Berlin

Friday, 7th October, Scripts Villa, Dahlem Dorf, Edwin-Redslob-Str. 29

10:00 – Session 1: China and Southeast Asia

Barry Naughton, University of California San Diego
How Thorough Was China's Commitment to Market Liberalism? How Much was Forsaken?

Wang Hui, Tsinghua University Beijing (via WebEx)
Chinese Neoliberalism

Tuong Vu, University of Oregon
& Pham Thi Hong Ha, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences
Periphery in a Periphery. Liberal Economic Ideas and Vietnam’s Market

Comments: Felix Wemheuer, Universität zu Köln

11:45 – Session 2: China

Alice Trinkle, FU Berlin
Markets and Socialism. Chinese exchange with (post-)socialist Eastern Europe

Yating Zhang, FU Berlin
Speculation, Exploitation or Capitalism? Disputes on the Private Sector and the Legalization of the Private Sector in the 1980s

Federico Pacchetti, Corvinus University
Tailored. The Political Economy of the World Bank’s Assistance to China’s Economic Reforms, 1980-1992

Comments: Genia Kostka, FU Berlin

14:45 – Session 3: Central and Eastern Europe

Cornel Ban, Copenhagen Business School (via WebEx)
Are there Neoliberals in the Trenches? Policy Orthodoxy and Nationalism from the Great Recession to the Great Volatility in Hungary and Romania

Péter Vámos, Institute of History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (via WebEx)
Do Hungarian Economists ‘Share Blame’ for China’s ‘Monstrous Turn’? The Influence of Hungarian Economic Reform Theories and Practices on China’s Market Reforms in the 1980s

Ia Eradze, Ilia State University (via WebEx)
Making of the Central Bank of Georgia in the 1990s. Tracing the Roots of Neoliberalism in a Transition State

Comments: Aron Buzogany, BOKU Wien

16:30 – Session 4: Central and Eastern Europe

Luboš Studený, Institute of Social and Economic History, Charles University
Towards a ‘Real Functioning Market’. Czechoslovakia between Socialism and Capitalism

Benedek Pál, Central European University, Vienna
Between Crisis and Reform. Critical Discourses on the Future of State Socialism in Hungary, 1980-87

Venelin Ganev, University of Miami
Neoliberalism or Post-Communism? The Transformation of Eastern Europe in the 1990s

Comments: Sebastian Hoppe, FU Berlin

Contact (announcement)

Attendance is open to all. The workshop takes place on site, but online participation via Cisco WebEx is possible. If you want to participate, please write an e-mail to George Payne:
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