Political Theory

The Invention of ‘Neo-Liberalism’: The Colloque Lippmann after 70 years


Commonly acknowledged as one of the most important precursors to the Mont Pelerin Society, the "Colloque Walter Lippmann" was a 1938 meeting of twenty-six economists and liberal thinkers who came together to discuss the challenges to liberalism. The motives for this Liberty Fund conference were two-fold: 1. to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Colloque, and 2. to discuss the same issues which animated the original colloquium, for those issues continue to be relevant today. Conference readings mixed the written record of the Colloque Lippmann with a range of supplemental texts—often by the Colloque participants themselves—designed to expand upon each theme.


Conference Readings

Davis, John B. Essays on Keynes. Edited by S. Mizuhara and Jochen Runde. London: Routledge, 2003.

Davis, John B., "The Locus of Keynes's Philosophical Thinking in 'The General Theory': The Concept of Convention." in Perspectives on the History of Economic Thought, Edited by Karen Vaughn, 157-178. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 1994.

Hayek, F. A. The Sensory Order: An Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1952.

Hayek, F. A. “The Use of Knowledge in Society.” The American Economic Review 35, no. 4 (September 1945): 519-530.

Hayek, F. A. “Reflections on the Pure Theory of Money of Mr. J. M. Keynes.” Economica 11 (1931): 270-295.

Hayek, F. A. “Reflections on the Pure Theory of Money of Mr. J. M. Keynes.” Economica 12 (1931): 22-44.

Hume, David. An Abstract of A Treatise of Human Nature. Edited by John Maynard Keynes and Piero Sraffa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1740.http://www.class.uidaho.edu/mickelsen/texts/Hume%20%20-%20Abstract.htm (accessed ).

Keynes, John Maynard . My Early Beliefs. New York: A.M. Kelley, 1949.

Keynes, John Maynard. Treatise on Probability. London: Macmillan and Co., 1929.

Keynes, John Maynard. A Treatise on Money. London: Macmillan, 1971.

Keynes, John Maynard. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. Middletown: BN Publishing, 2008.

Keynes, John Maynard. Essays in Persuasion. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1991.

Moore, George. Selected Writings. Edited by Thomas Baldwin. London: Routledge, 1993.

Schumpeter, Joseph A. "Review of 'The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money' by John Maynard Keynes." Journal of the American Statistical Association 31 (1936): 791-796.