MDM 2018 Panel: Monetary Politics in U.S. History

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This interdisciplinary panel examines periods of transformative monetary change in the 19th and 20th century. Participants’ research revises conventional portrayals of antebellum banking and its political/legal legacies, financial policy from the Fed’s creation until the era of Great Depression reform, and political debates over money from the New Deal to the rise of “neoliberalism.” Taken together, these papers treat the character of governmental monetary practices as an integral part of a contested political economy and examine how a range of actors shape monetary institutions, possibilities for political action, and ultimately the nation’s economic life.

Nathan Tankus – Clarke Business Law Institute at Cornell Law School
“The Shaky Constitutional Foundations of Antebellum American Money: Bank Charters as Delegations of Power”
David M. P. Freund – University of Maryland
“State Building for a Free Market: Financial Reform and the Rise of Monetary Orthodoxy in the United States, 1913-1935”
Jakob Feinig – Binghamton University, SUNY
“What is Neoliberal about Neoliberal Money? Forgetting Money’s Public Purpose”
Commentator: Andrew David Edwards – University of Oxford