'How did markets become the solution to everything? Neoliberalism and the constraint of possibility
Daniel Stedman Jones is a barrister in London. He was educated at the University of Oxford and at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a PhD in history. Before coming to the Bar, Daniel worked for the leading independent think-tank Demos and as a government policy adviser for the New Opportunities Fund on local environmental, health and education projects. He has a special interest in economic regulation, which continues in practice at the intersection of commercial, energy, environmental, and public law. He is the author of Masters of the Universe Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics 2014
About the book: Finalist for the 2014 Presidents’ Book Award, Western Social Science Association Shortlisted for the 2012 Gladstone Prize, Royal Historical Society Based on archival research and interviews with leading participants in the movement, Masters of the Universe traces the ascendancy of neoliberalism from the academy of interwar Europe to supremacy under Reagan and Thatcher and in the decades since. Daniel Stedman Jones 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 in which the author addresses the relationship between intellectual history and the history of politics and policy. Fascinating, important, and timely, this is a book for anyone who wants to understand the history behind the Anglo-American love affair with the free market, as well as the origins of the current economic crisis.