• Ola InnsetEmail author
Part of the Springer Studies in the History of Economic Thought book series (SSHET)


Innset provides a brief overview of the literature on neoliberalism and distinguishes his approach from both the Marxist and the “policy” approach. Innset’s methodology is a non-normative rational reconstruction, which builds on the brand of intellectual history developed by the Cambridge School, but seeks to innovate this approach by using the tools of microhistory in a close study of the first meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society in 1947. Innset outlines his concept of “the dual argument” as a foundational element of early neoliberalism, and thus explains at the outset that neoliberalism was explicitly new since the dual argument entailed attacks on both liberalisms available at the time: laissez-faire and social liberalism, respectively.


Neoliberalism Intellectual history Microhistory Mont Pelerin Society 

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  1. 1.National Library of NorwayOsloNorway

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