Rune Møller Stahl defends his PhD thesis at the Department of Political Science – University of Copenhagen

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Rune Møller Stahl defends his PhD thesis at the Department of Political Science

Rune Møller StahlCandidate

Rune Møller Stahl


The thesis is available as an e-book via Academic books

Time and venue

Friday 18 May, 2018 at 14:00 at the University of Copenhagen, Centre for Health and Society, Department of Political Science, Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK-1353 Copenhagen K., room 4.2.26. Kindly note that the defence will start precisely at 14:00.

Assessment committee

  • Professor Lars Tønder, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (chair)
  • Professor Matthew Watson, University of Warwick, UK
  • Professor Magnus Ryner, King’s College, London, UK


In the dissertation Rune Møller Stahl examines the political role that economic theory and economic ideas have played in the last decades.

In contrast to expectations in the research literature, the aftermath of the 2008 crisis have seen no subsequent shift in the scientific and policy paradigm within economics, as was the case with the rise of Keynesianism after the great depression, or the advent of neoliberalism after the crisis of the 1970s.

Despite the loss of credibility and legitimacy of the ruling neoliberal paradigm of liberal neoclassical economics, relatively little has changed in the way economics is taught at universities or how macroeconomic policy is conducted and analysed in finances ministries or central banks across the world. It is in the light of this situation that this thesis tries to develop and apply a materialist approach to the study of the political influence of economic ideas. The aim is to deploy a framework that takes seriously the power and significance of economic ideas, but at the same times recognises their embeddedness in broader economic and institutional contexts, and considers the complex interplay between states, social forces, ideas and political actors.  This is done through five individual articles that each represents an intervention in the debates around the influence of economic ideas and the nature of neoliberalism.