The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Neoliberalism in the Crisis

The event is part of the seminar series “Marxism(s) in social movements. Is Marx Back in Social Theory?” jointly organized by the social movement working group of the European University Institute and the Centre on Social Movement Studies during the academic year 2014/15 that will deal with

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Speakers : Prof. Colin Crouch (Emeritus Univ. of Warwick) and Prof Wolfgang Streeck (MPIfG). Moderator : Prof. Donatella della Porta (SNS)

Neoliberalism is a challenge to the democratic capitalism? If so, which are the potential alternatives that can help us to overcome a crisis that is both related with both market and politics ? Starting from their recent and important academic contributions, three scholars (two as speakers and one as moderator) will discuss the role of neoliberalism in the current crisis. This debate concludes the series of meetings that the Marxism(s) in Social Movements organized during the 2014/2015 academic year.

The debate will take place in the Altana conference hall, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi on the 22nd of May 2015, from 3PM to 5 PM.


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