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dhr. dr. P.W. (P.W.) Zuidhof

Moderne Europese Geschiedenis
  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies
  • Bezoekadres
    Oost-Indisch Huis
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: D 2.05
  • Postadres:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
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P.W. (Peter-Wim) Zuidhof is assistant professor in European political economy in the European Studies program in the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam.


Zuidhof's research focuses on the history and philosophy of neoliberalism. He is especially interested in the relation between economics and neoliberalism and its specific European manifestations.
He recently completed a dissertation on the discourse of neoliberalism, titled Imagining Markets: The Discursive Politics of Neoliberalism (2012, Erasmus University Rotterdam, School of History, Culture and Communication). In the thesis, Zuidhof studies the discourse of economics textbooks and the neoliberal discourse of US and Dutch policy think tanks. Revisiting existing theories on neoliberalism, the thesis shows that neoliberalism is best understood as a discursive type of politics that draws on the market metaphor. It argues that neoliberalism is marked by a variety of performances and that these are departing from, and deconstructing existing liberal governmentalities.
Zuidhof's areas of specialization are: history and philosophy of neoliberalism, European political economy, governmentality (Foucault), rhetoric of economics, history and methodology of economics, poststructuralism and economics, and discourse theory. His areas of interest are: history and theory of European integration, political theory, economic sociology, science studies, and economic sociology.


P.W. Zuidhof teaches courses on economics and European integration at the MA and BA level.

For a current listing of course taught, follow links below:

Departmental Service

P.W. Zuidhof is program director of the BA-program in European Studies. He served as corodinator of the bachelor program, member of the Board of Examiners of the Department of History, Archeology and Area Studies, chaired of the steering committee for the new BA program (884) and was member of the Board of Studies for European Studies.

Short Bio

P.W. Zuidhof has an MSc. in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands (1997) and an MA. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, New York, USA (2003). At the New School for Social Research he studied with Charles Taylor, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, and Jacques Derrida. Zuidhof was awarded a Fulbright Graduate Student Grant (2001-2003) and a Vera List Scholarship from the New School for Social Research (2001-2003).
Zuidhof has taught at the Hogeschool voor Economische Studies (HES) Rotterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. From 2007 to 2012 he was lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and since 2012 assistant professor.
Zuidhof was research associate at Department of Art and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, doing commissioned research on the economics of the arts and culture for the Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, The Social Committee, DG V, European Union, Brussels, Musuem Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and the City Council of 's-Hertogenbosch. Zuidhof worked as director (a.i) at the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE).
Zuidhof lives with his wife and three children in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


  • Zuidhof, P. W. (2016). The European City as a Bulwark of Resistance against Neoliberalisation. In V. Mamadouh, & A. van Wageningen (Eds.), Urban Europe: Fifty Tales of the City. (pp. 355). Amsterdam University Press. [details]


  • Zuidhof, P. W. (2015). Towards a Post-Neoliberal University: Protest and Complicity. Krisis, 2015(2), 49-55. [details] [PDF]


  • Zuidhof, P. W. (2014). Thinking Like an Economist: The Neoliberal Politics of the Economics Textbook. Review of Social Economy, 72(2), 157-185. DOI: 10.1080/00346764.2013.872952 [details]


  • Zuidhof, P. W. (2015). De Europese stad als plaats van verzet tegen neoliberalisering. In V. D. Mamadouh, & A. C. van Wageningen (Eds.), EU@Amsterdam: een stedelijke raad. (pp. 357-364). Amsterdam: AUP. [details]


  • Zuidhof, P. W. (2014). De Wonderlijke Geschiedenis Van het Neoliberalisme: Alles Wat Je Ooit Wilde Weten over het Neoliberalisme Maar Nooit Durfde te Vragen. Groniek : Historisch Tijdschrift, 199, 193-210. [details]


  • Rodenburg, P., & Zuidhof, P. W. (2012). De euro en structurele verschillen in de eurozone. Economisch-Statistische Berichten, 97(4631), 170-173. [details] [PDF]
  • Zuidhof, P. W. (2012). Ayn Rand: Fountainhead of Neoliberalism? [Review of: H. Achterhuis (2010) De utopie van de vrije markt]. Krisis, 2012(1), 84-89. [details] [PDF]
  • Zuidhof, P. W. (2012). [Review of: V. Mosini (2012) Reassessing the paradigm of economics: bringing positive economics back into the normative framework]. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 5(2), 118-124. [details] [PDF]


  • Zuidhof, P. W. (2016). Behavioralizing Europe: Behavioral Economics Enters EU Policymaking. Paper presented at 23rd International Conference of Europeanists ‘Resilient Europe?', Philadelphia, United States. [details]
  • Zuidhof, P. W. (2016). Behavioralizing Europe: How Behavioral Economics Enters EU Policymaking. Paper presented at ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Pisa, Italy. [details]


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