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LAEMOS call for paper: The neoliberal state and its socio-ecological crises – Organizing resistances, subversions & alternatives

6th Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies

LAEMOS 2016, Viña del Mar, Chile, 6-9 April 2016

Deadline submission: November 10, 2015 


Subtheme #11: The neoliberal state and its socio-ecological crises: Organizing resistances, subversions & alternatives



Cristián Alarcón Ferrari / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences –Sweden /

Francisco Valenzuela / Nottingham Trent University – UK /

Rajiv Maher / Copenhagen Business School – Denmark /

Rogério Faé / Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil /

Steffen Böhm / University of Essex – UK /

Yuna Fontoura / FGV-EBAPE – Brazil /


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The neoliberal state and its socio-ecological crises: Organizing resistances, subversions & alternatives

Chile, 1973. In a CIA-backed coup, General Pinochet and the Chilean military toppled the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. Soon after Chile became the testing ground for neoliberal state policies dreamt up by the so-called ‘Chicago boys’, a group of Chilean economists, trained or inspired by Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger at the University of Chicago, who set out to radically redefine the role of the state in the capitalist system, redesigning the entire political economy consensus of the post- Second World War period. After the ‘successful’ experimentation with neoliberal policies in Chile in the 1970s – which included radical privatization, deregulation and ‘free market’ economic programs as well as the disintegration of social welfare provisions and political collectives – neoliberalism has come to dominate global political economy from the 1980s onwards.

In organization studies, even in the critical pockets of the field, there has been a strange silence on neoliberal organizing. Being dominated by instrumentalist, positivist and managerialist analyses of organizations and organizing on the one hand, and hermeneutic, micro-political and individual subjectivity-focused studies on the other, organization studies has not been well known for considering questions of the organization of political economies. While the neoliberalist state has spread its wings across the world – resulting in the financialization of economies and private lives, worsening income and wealth gaps between rich and poor, rising powers of corporate elites, intensifications of work at an unprecedented scale, the cut down or elimination of entire social welfare programs, as well as negative outcomes for biodiversity, ecosystems and the entire planetary biosphere – organization studies has increasingly focused on studying the managerial administration of this brave new world rather than critically analyzing it, searching for alternatives.

This conference stream will address this gap by inviting critical analyses of the global organization of the neoliberal state and movements of capitalist accumulation it underpins. A particular focus will be placed on understanding the variations of neoliberal organizing and unequal geographical development in so-called ‘developed’ and Latin American countries. How can we understand recent Latin American histories that has seen many countries move from military dictatorships to neoliberal, ‘Chicago-boys’-run administrations to more left-leaning, ‘new developmentalist’ models over the course of the last 30-40 years? How is this ‘new developmentalism’ organized and does it break with neoliberalism, or is it a continuation under a different name? What are the respective roles of state, corporate and civil society actors in contemporary Latin American political economies, which are increasingly dominated by the extractive industries? What are the social and environmental costs of this new extractivism? What kinds of identities and social milieus are produced by these modes of organizing the political economy? These are examples of questions that this conference stream will address.

Such an analysis, however, would not be complete without developing a deep knowledge and experience of the multitude of social movements that have resisted the hegemonic logic behind the neoliberal state and its more recent incarnations. We hence invite reports and analyses of how social movements, peasants, quilombo communities, indigenous people, religious groups, grassroots cooperatives, NGOs, village councils and others have resisted and subverted neoliberal logics and their capitalist accumulation processes, struggling for alternative political economies and ways of life. These struggles have taken place in various domains such as: industrial and educational work, culture, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and the land.

We will explore these struggles in a pre-conference excursion into the hinterland of Chile. We will talk to participants of community groups and social movements, trying to understand their social and environmental struggles against neoliberal enforced policies for a more just future in Chile that includes different conceptions of the role and effects of the state and its organization. While stream participants are not required to take part in this excursion, they will be strongly encouraged to do so, and low-cost participation options will be made available.


Abstract submission: November 10, 2015

Notification of acceptance: December 10, 2015

Submission of full paper (6.000 words): March 10, 2016

Abstracts of about 1000 words should be submitted through the website form at

The abstracts should be in English, including the name and email address of the author(s)


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