The End of Liberal Finance? The Changing Paradigm of Global Financial Governance

A Nesvetailova, Ronen Palan

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Has the global credit crunch shifted the foundations of global financial architecture away from the philosophy of 'neoliberalism'? In this article, we argue that the neoliberal project is most probably dead and buried, despite the apparent commitment, which we detail in this article, to the spirit of neoliberal thinking in economic thought. By analysing three constitutive elements of neoliberalism (its public, private and regulatory components) before and after the credit crunch, we reveal important geopolitical shifts which are likely to prevent a return to 'business as usual' in the world of finance. We find that the defining trend among these changes is the global rise of the Eurozone. Specifically, we argue that the ideal, Anglo-Saxon model of neoliberalism was viable because it was heavily subsidised from around the world. Accordingly, the key to the future of Anglo-Saxon neoliberalism lies with the willingness of European, East Asian and Middle Eastern creditors to continue extending their financial support to the Anglo-Saxon model of finance. We believe that they are unlikely to do so in the future. Spurred by the magnitude of the credit crunch, the rise of Europe is progressively weakening each of the three dimensions of Anglo-Saxon neoliberalism we identify in this article.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797-825
Number of pages29
JournalMillennium - Journal of International Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


  • Anglo-Saxon capitalism
  • USA
  • neoliberalism
  • hegemony
  • finance
  • crisis
  • Europe
  • geopolitics


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