Conference on Neoliberalism at Tulane
- What: Conference on Critical Perspectives of Neoliberal Reform in the Americas
Where: Greenleaf Conference Room, Jones Hall, Tulane University
When: Saturday, March 27th, 2004, 9am-4pm
In the 1980s and 90s, Latin American governments, under pressure from the
United States and international financial institutions such as the IMF and
World Bank, implemented a wave of social and economic reform policies. These
policies, known as Neoliberal reforms, entailed the opening of economies to
foreign investors and companies, elimination of trade barriers in the interest
of free trade, privatization of state-owned companies, and slashing of social
spending in order to balance the budget and repay debt. This conference takes a
critical look at Neoliberalism, analyzes why the reforms have failed the Latin
and North American people, and explores the alternatives to Neoliberalism.
Presenters include Mark Weisbrot who will speak on Implications of Latin
America's Economic Growth Failure Over the Last Quarter-Century, Thomas
Palley who will speak on Reshaping Development Policy in the Wake of the
Washington Consensus, and Arturo López-Calleja who will speak on Cuba,
Lessons from a Non-neoliberal Transition. In addition, there will be
roundtable discussions on alternatives to Neoliberalism and the effects of
Neoliberalism in Louisiana (e.g. shrimp and sugar industries, spending cuts in
health care, education, and public housing).
This event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be
For more information, contact Joseph at jwildera@... or 861-7448.