Polanyi, Neoliberalism and Climate Change


Jeff McGee, University of Tasmania/IMAS

Jeff McGee spoke about the “bad timing” for addressing climate change as countries embrace a political economy based on neo-liberal assumptions. The work of theorist Karl Polanyi, on the relation between markets, societies and states, can help to inform us about neo-liberalism and how to ‘re-embed’ markets in society to advance the common good and address climate change.


This talk was held at:

Imagining a Different Future

Climate Justice Conference

The University of Tasmania with the support of the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute hosted a multidisciplinary conference examining the barriers to responding to climate change, implementing climate justice, and proposing ways forward. Among the keynote speakers were Law Faculty Professors Jan McDonald and Ben Richardson. The Law Faculty's Dr Peter Lawrence co-convened the conference with Jan Linehan. The conference took place in Hobart from 8-9 Feb 2018.

Despite the Paris Agreement, there are real concerns the prevailing neoliberal economic and political model, particularly with the move to more insular, nationalistic, fragile politics, cannot respond effectively to climate change and excludes key considerations such as ethics and justice. Videos and Podcasts from the conference are available on the Knowledge Hub.