On History and Policy: Time in the Age of Neoliberalism
Francesco Boldizzoni, Università di Torino
It is often said that history matters, but these words are usually little more than a hollow statement.
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, the view that the economy is a mechanical toy that can be fixed
using a few simple tools has continued to be held by economists and policy makers and echoed by the media.
The lecture will address the origins of this unfortunate belief, inherent to neoliberalism, and what can be
done to bring time back into public discourse.
holds a research professorship in economic history at the University of Turin.
He is also a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He has mainly written on the history of economic life and
its intellectual representations, advocating an interdisciplinary understanding of culture and the economy.
His chief publications include Means and Ends: The Idea of Capital in the West 1500–1970 (2008) and The Poverty
of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History (2011). He is now working on two projects: one is a comparative history
of the welfare state; the other is a transnational collection of essays on global economic history co-edited with Pat Hudson.