Europe Since 1989: A Neoliberal Sour

What is the state of European neoliberalism? Are the visions of Margaret Thatcher and Angela Merkel fading? How has austerity affected the Euro Crisis? How do Europeans see the neoliberalism of the EU? We will strive to answer these questions and more at our discussion and presentation of Philipp Ther’s recently translated landmark book.



Wednesday, November 16, 5:00 pm.
Policy Lab, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania.

Related Articles:

From 2010: Is Neoliberalism destroying Europe?
Article by speaker: Europe’s Ride on the Neoliberalism Express
The book’s website


Philipp Ther is a professor of Eastern and Central European History and Nation Building at the University of Vienna. His research interests include the history of transformation since the 1980s, the social and cultural history of East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, music and history, comparative nationalism studies, ethnic cleansing, theory of history, in particular comparative literature and cultural transfer. He received his undergraduate degrees in Modern History, European History, Sociology, and Political Science from the Universities of Regensburg and Munich, and his master’s from Georgetown University. He received his doctorate from the Free University of Berlin. He was also awarded a John F. Kennedy Fellowship at Harvard’s Center for European Studies.  Professor Ther is on a book tour of the US to present the English translation of his landmark work, Europe since 1989, that focuses on the rise and crisis of neoliberal economic policies after the revolutions of 1989.  Already well known in Europe, a translation has just been published by Princeton University Press.


Mitchell Orenstein is a scholar of international politics focusing on the political economy of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, pension privatization worldwide, and the role of policy paradigms in economic reform.  His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international political economy, and global public policy, employing a problem-driven research approach based on asking big, policy-relevant questions and answering them through carefully designed, in-depth field research. His book Roma in an Expanding Europe: Breaking the Poverty Cycle, co-authored with Dena Ringold and Erika Wilkens, is a seminal study of Roma poverty, sociology, and public health.  It won the Voter’s Choice Award for the most innovative analytical and advisory activity and the World Bank Europe/Central Asia Knowledge Fair in 2004. Orenstein’s teaching encompasses the fields of comparative politics, European studies, and international political economy.  He teaches an elective course on Europe and its Eastern Neighborhood at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, which analyzes the geopolitical competition between the European Union and Russia over the political and economic futures of the countries in between. Most recently, he was a panel participant at our European populism event

Peter Holquist’s teaching and research focus upon the history of Russia and modern Europe. He is the author of Making War, Forging Revolution: Russia’s Continuum of Crisis, 1914-1921 (Harvard, 2002) and is Associate Editor forEurope Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction(Thomson-Gale, forthcoming 2006). Holquist received his Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University in 1995. Prior to joining Penn’s History Department in Fall 2006, he taught for nine years at Cornell University. He offers lecture courses on imperial Russia and the Soviet Union and undergraduate seminars on “Russia in the Age of Anna Karenina” and on “Russia’s Orients: The Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Far East.” Holquist works with graduate students in the fields of Russian history, Soviet history, and the history of modern Europe. Holquist’s current project, By Right of War, explores the emergence of the international law of war in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.