Rémi Gilardin is a graduate student at the European University Institute (Florence) in economic and business history. He also teaches economic history to undergraduates at the LSE. In his dissertation, supervised by Youssef Cassis, he conducts a comparative history of privatization in Britain and France, with a special focus on the case of telecommunications. From the origins of privatization, traced back to the 1940s, up to the climactic era of Thatcherism, the dissertation will propose a fresh historical narrative of the downfall of state-owned enterprises in Europe. Ultimately, his research, located at the crossroad of economic, business, political, and intellectual history, aims at uncovering the historical roots of the contemporary neoliberal age.