The Hayek Lecture Series at Duke University
Cordially invites you to

a Lecture at Duke University

with our special guest

Angus Burgin

- Assistant Professor of History John Hopkins University

Planning against Planning: The Mont Pelerin Society and the Origins of Neoliberalism


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
12:00 Noon

Breedlove Room--Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC

Price: The Lecture is Free and Open to the Public

Professor Burgin's research and teaching explore problems at the intersection of ideas, politics, and markets in the United States and the Atlantic world since the late nineteenth century.

His new book, The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression, which draws on archival collections in Germany, Switzerland, France, England, and the United States to examine the reemergence of free-market ideas in the decades following the onset of the Great Depression. It focuses on the members of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international organization founded by Friedrich Hayek in 1947 to bring together economists, philosophers, journalists, and philanthropists who sought to rehabilitate public support for the market mechanism.

In the years before the founding of the society, advocates of laissez-faire were marginalized within both the international scholarly community and the American political environment; a half-century later, opposition to state interference in the actions of the competitive market had become pervasive within economics faculties and increasingly influential in the public sphere. The Great Persuasion surveys the dynamics that made this transformation possible: between economists and politicians, intellectuals and rhetoricians, and transnational academic networks and domestic policy debates.


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