Professor John Hall
Journal of Economic Literature Classification Codes
B25, B52, P1
Capitalism, Crises, Evolutionary Economics, Neoliberalism, Variants of Capitalism
Economic systems evolve over time in adapting to the needs and deficiency of the system. This inquiry seeks to establish Neoliberalism as—in the language of Barry Clark—a variant of capitalism that evolved out of retaliation of the regulated variant of capitalism. We utilize Barry Clark’s work on the evolution of economic systems in establishing the pattern of adaptation in American capitalism. Then we establish and analyze the neoliberal variant of capitalism in how this evolution retaliated against the existing system rather than adapting the preceding variant. We then consider how the economics profession reacted when the neoliberal economic policies failed in predicting and adapting the 2008 financial crisis.
Pilarski, Justin "Neoliberalism as a Variant of Capitalism, Working Paper No. 39", Portland State University Economics Working Papers. 39. (12 December 2019) i + 14 pages.