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Dr. P.W. (P.W.) Zuidhof

Moderne Europese Geschiedenis
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies
Fotograaf: Eduard Lampe

  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Kamernummer: D 2.05
  • Postbus 1619
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    P.W. (Peter-Wim) Zuidhof is Associate 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. Zuidhof has published on the rise of behavioral economics in EU Policy (forthcoming). For his paper titled 'Thinking Like an Economist: The Neoliberal Politics of the Economics Textbook,' Zuidhof received the Helen Potter Award for for best article in the Review of Social Economy in 2014.
    Zuidhof's dissertation on the discourse of neoliberalism is titled Imagining Markets: The Discursive Politics of Neoliberalism (2012, Erasmus University Rotterdam, School of History, Culture and Communication). The thesis 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. Areas of interest are: history and theory of European integration, political theory, economic sociology, science studies, and economic sociology.

    Imagining Markets: The Discursive Politics of Neoliberalism


    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:

    Teaching European Studies Program UvA

    Departmental Service

    P.W. Zuidhof is program director of the BA- and MA-programs in European Studies and Religious Studies. He has served as member of the Board of Examiners of the Department of History, Archeology and Area Studies.

    Short Bio

    P.W. Zuidhof has a Phd. from the Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2012), an MA. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, New York, USA (2003), and an MSc. in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands (1997). 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 Amsterdam University College (AUC), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Leiden University, Rotterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Hogeschool voor Economische Studies (HES). He has been at the University of Amsterdam and since 2007.
    Previously, 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 lives with his wife and three children in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

  • Publicaties




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



    • Zuidhof, P-W. (2021). De PvdA: neoliberaal tegen wil en dank? [Bespreking van: D. Hellema, M. van Lith (2020) Dat hadden we nooit moeten doen : De PvdA en de neoliberale revolutie van de jaren negentig; W. van Gemert (2021 Onzichtbare ideologie : Over het neoliberalisme en zijn opmars in de Nederlandse politiek en de PvdA in het bijzonder]. Jaarboek Parlementaire Geschiedenis, 2021, 213-215.


    • Mellink, B., & Zuidhof, P. W. (2020). Market Government: Neoliberalism and the transformative power of 1989. In E. Braat, & P. Corduwener (Eds.), 1989 and the West: Western Europe since the End of the Cold War (pp. 123-142). (Routledge Studies in Modern European History). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315146355 [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]



    • Rodenburg, P., & Zuidhof, P. W. (2012). De euro en structurele verschillen in de eurozone. Economisch-Statistische Berichten, 97(4631), 170-173. [details]
    • 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]
    • 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]


    • Zuidhof, P. W. (2016). Behavioralizing Europe: Behavioral Economics Enters EU Policymaking. Paper presented at 23rd International Conference of Europeanists ‘Resilient Europe?', Philadelphia, United States.


    • Zuidhof, P. W. (06-09-2017). Het Engels is zo'n extraatje [Print] De Groene Amsterdam. Het Engels is zo'n extraatje.


    • Zuidhof, P. W. (speaker) (9-6-2017). How to Do Things with Markets: Do Economists Make Neoliberalism, Annual Conference of Society for the History of Recent Social Science, Rotterdam.
    • Zuidhof, P. W. (speaker) & Mellink, A. G. M. (speaker) (20-4-2017). Market government. Neoliberalism and the transformative power of 1989, Workshop '1989 and the West', Utrecht.
    • Zuidhof, P. W. (speaker) (22-3-2017). Revisiting the Performativity of Economics: Do Economists Make Neoliberalism?, Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics 20th Anniversary Conference, Rotterdam.
    • Zuidhof, P. W. (speaker) (24-4-2016). Behavioralizing Europe: How Behavioral Economics Enters EU Policymaking, ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Pisa.
    • Zuidhof, P. W. (speaker) (14-4-2016). Behavioralizing Europe: Behavioral Economics Enters EU Policymaking, 23rd International Conference of Europeanists, Philadelphia, PA.


    • Zuidhof, P. W. (consultant) (7-5-2017 - 11-5-2017). Member Accreditation Committee PhD. Programmes in Economics, Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) (consultancy).
    • Zuidhof, P. W. (consultant) (1-5-2017). External Reviewer Research Proposal, Dahlem Research School, Freie Universität Berlin (consultancy).


    • Zuidhof, P. W. (2012). Imagining Markets: The Discursive Politics of Neoliberalism.
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