Capitalism on Edge: on Radical Change without Crisis, Revolution, or Utopia

Image: Albena Azmanova

Capitalism on Edge: on Radical Change without Crisis, Revolution, or Utopia

Monday, 9 November 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Online Event
Albena Azmanova, Reader in Political Theory, Kent, Brussels School of International Studies
Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Mr Will Hutton (Centre for Economic Performance, LSE) and Professor Karthik Ramanna (Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford)
European Studies Seminar

The pandemic has disclosed that precarity, above all, is what grieves the 99 per cent. Albena Azmanova, in her new book Capitalism on Edge: How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Crisis or Utopia, suggests that this presents a unique opportunity for effecting radical change without the help of a terminal crisis of capitalism, grand utopias, or a revolution. We will explore, in discussion with her, the new paths for progressive politics our historical junction has opened. 

Albena Azmanova's writing is informed by her experience as a 'double dissident' -- she was involved in the movements that brought down the dictatorship in her native Bulgaria in 1989-1990, and became subsequently a critique of the flawed democracy that came to replace it. Schooled in New York, Strasbourg and Sofia and having lived under two contrasting socio-political systems, she brings an unorthodox critique of contemporary capitalism. Professor Azmanova has been a policy advisor to a number of international organisations among which the Council of Europe, the European Commission and Parliament, and the United Nations on issues of democratic transition, minority rights, and rule of law. She is a member of the Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality -- a consultative body to the European Parliament advising on social justice and Green transition. 

Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford) will chair.

Will Hutton (Centre for Economic Performance, LSE) and Karthik Ramanna (Professor of Business and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford) are Discussants.

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This event is in co-operation with the European Political Economy Project.

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