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Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics

Daniel Stedman Jones


Based on archival research and interviews with leading participants in the movement, this book traces the ascendancy of neoliberalism from the academy of interwar Europe to supremacy under Reagan and Thatcher and in the decades since. The book argues that there was nothing inevitable about the victory of free-market politics. Far from being the story of the simple triumph of right-wing ideas, the neoliberal breakthrough was contingent on the economic crises of the 1970s and the acceptance of the need for new policies by the political left. This edition includes a new foreword which addresses t ... More

Keywords: neoliberalism, interwar Europe, free-market politics, right wing, political left, intellectual history, free market, economic crisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691161013
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Stedman Jones, author