Capitalism in Europe After 1945



Center for European Studies
3324 Turlington Hall
PO Box 117342
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 294-7142
(352) 392-8966 (fax)

April 12, 2013 from 3:00pm-9:00pm -and- April 13, 2013 from 9:30pm-4:00pm in 215 Dauer Hall.

The global economic crisis of 2008 and the current debt crisis in the Eurozone have triggered debates about not only the future of the Euro and European integration in general, but also about the history and nature of capitalism. This workshop brings together scholars who have been participating in such debates from the disciplinary perspectives of anthropology, economics, history, political science, and sociology. Key themes of the conference include: the practice and theory of capitalism in postwar Europe; capitalism, the European Union, and the foundation for an integrated Europe; the neoliberal turn of capitalism in the 1970s; the transition to capitalism in post-socialist states and enlargement; crises of capitalism.

Visiting scholar, Dorothee Bohle from the Central European University in Budapest will be joined by Sheryl Kroen (University of Florida), Geoffrey Eley (University of Michigan), and Herman Schwartz (University of Virginia).

Produced by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and the Center for European Studies. Free and open to the public.




Friday, April 12, 2013
Time Topic / Event
3:00pm Opening Remarks
Sheryl Kroen and Dorothee Bohle, co-organizers
3:15pm-4:00pm “The Recovery: Arguments for Capitalism Before its Triumph.
Snapshots from 1951.”
Sheryl Kroen
4:00pm-4:45pm Discussion
7:30pm-8:15pm “From (US) Financial Crisis to Eurocrisis: Why are American
Houses Connected to Europe’s Internal Imbalances?”
Herman Schwartz
8:15pm-9:00pm Discussion
Saturday, April 13, 2013
9:30am-10:15am “What Changed in the 1970s? Neoliberalism, Social Goods,
and the Strong State”
Geoffrey Eley
10:15am-11:00am Discussion
11:30am-12:15pm “After the Cold War: Extending Europe’s Neoliberal Order Eastwards”
Dorothee Bohle
12:15pm-1:00pm Discussion
2:30pm-4:00pm Round Table
– moderated by Aida Hozic and Dietmar Schirmer of the
UF Department of Political Science


Dorothee Bohle

Dorothee Bohle is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Political Science at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her main research interests lie in the political economy of East Central European capitalism. Like her prior book, Europe’s New Periphery: Poland’s Transformation and Transnational Integration (published in German in 2002), and recent articles such as “Varieties of Capitalism and Capitalism tout court,” (European Journal of Sociology) and “Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy: East-Central Europe’s Quandaries,” (Journal of Democracy) and her forthcoming Capitalist Diversity on Europe’s Periphery (coauthored with Bela Greskovits and due out in 2012 with Cornell), Dorothee Bohle explores the complex, historically-situated practice of capitalism in the postwar period. In her teaching and her writing she frames her understanding of capitalism within the debates defined by the fields of political science, anthropology, and history. Courses that she has taught that relate directly to the themes of our workshop include: Crises in Capitalism, Capitalism in Crisis; The Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism; Concepts in Political Economy.

Previously a junior research fellow at the Social Science Research Center in Berlin, she has held visiting positions at Harvard’s Center for European Studies, the Department of Political Science at Vienna University, the Center for European Studies at Carleton University, and the European University Institute in Florence, where she was a Fernand Braudel fellow.

Geoffrey Eley

Geoffrey Eley is the Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History, and chair of the History Department at the University Of Michigan. The author of several books and tens of articles on modern German History and Historiography, the winner of book prizes, and multiple research fellowships, Eley’s interests are wide-ranging. His continued analysis of the relationship between liberal capitalism and democracy – for the German case in particular (starting with his path-breaking The Peculiarities of German History, coauthored with David Blackbourn in 1984), but as a historiographical problem more generally, and his recent reflections on capitalism, neoliberalism, and globalization (such as his article, “End of the Post-War? The 1970s as a Key Watershed in European History”) raise vital questions that are at the heart of this workshop.

Herman Schwartz

Herman Schwartz is a Professor of Politics and Director of PhD program at University of Virginia. The author of several books and tens of articles in the areas of political economy, political development and democracy, public policy, and US Foreign Policy, and the winner of multiple awards and fellowships, Schwartz’ interests are wide-ranging. His recent Subprime Nation: American Power, Global Finance, and the Housing Bubble (Cornell, 2009) along with his coedited volumes, Exploring the Global Financial Crisis (2012) and The Politics of Housing Boom and Busts (Palgrave 2009), will inform his talk; his other publications, including States vs. Markets: The Emergence of a Global Economy (1994; 3rd ed. 2009); In the Dominions of Debt (1989) all treat questions central to our workshop.

Sheryl Kroen

Sheryl Kroen is a Professor of History at the University of Florida, the author of Politics and Theater: the Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, and the recipient of many fellowships to pursue her scholarship. Kroen is in the final stages of a book entitled The Recovery: the Reinvention of Liberal Capitalism after WWII. She co-organized this workshop with Dorothee Bohle (CEU) thanks to a grant secured from the EU by Amie Kreppel in the Department of Political Science.