Dr Elizabeth Humphrys publishes new book on neoliberalism
Dr Elizabeth Humphrys, a Scholarly Teaching Fellow in the School of Communication, has written a new book, titled 'How Labour Built Neoliberalism: Australia’s Accord, the Labour Movement and the Neoliberal Project'.
The book, which forms part of Brill's series 'Studies in Critical Social Sciences', examines the role of the Labor Party and trade unions in constructing neoliberalism in Australia, and the implications of this for understanding neoliberalism’s global advance.
Elizabeth is a political economist with a focus on social and labour movements, trade unions and neoliberalism. It was her interest in how labour dealt with the economic crisis of the 1970s, and the challenges that globalisation bought, that developed her interest in this topic.
This project was important to me, because I grew up in a working-class family in the period I examine. My father worked in an oil refinery, and my mother was a bank teller — they were hard times for working people and the unions who sought to represent their interests.
Dr Elizabeth Humphrys
The book will be launched by Professor Andrea Bieler (University of Nottingham) and Lee Rhiannon (former Commonwealth Senator) at the Historical Materialism Conference. The conference is being held at the University of Sydney, on the 13th-14th December 2018.
It was recently announced that Elizabeth was also awarded a prestigious research fellowship worth $20,000 for her next project, 'Pressed and strained: the lives of metal workers in the era of globalisation (1970-1990)'.