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360 Lecture with Grace Blakeley

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360 Lecture with Grace Blakeley

The Department of Economics is pleased to announce that Grace Blakeley will be delivering a talk as part of the 360 Guest Lecture Series 2020/21 for this academic year.

In conversation with Grace Blakeley: The Corona Crash: How the pandemic will change Capitalism

Date: Wednesday 4 November, 12pm-1:30pm
Location: Microsoft Teams - Live Webinar

This event is for staff and students only and registration is required in order to attend.

About the talk

In conversation with Dr Stefania Paredes Fuentes, leading economics commentator Grace Blakeley will discuss her latest book, The Corona Crash, in which she theorises about the epoch-making changes that the coronavirus brings in its wake.

We are living through a unique moment in history. The pandemic has caused the deepest global recession since the Second World War. Meanwhile the human cost is reflected in a still-rising death toll, as many states find themselves unable—and some unwilling—to grapple with the effects of the virus. Whatever happens, we can never go back to business as usual.

This crisis will tip us into a new era of monopoly capitalism, argues Blakeley, as the corporate economy collapses into the arms of the state, and the tech giants grow to unprecedented proportions. We need a radical response. The recovery could see the transformation of our political, economic, and social systems based on the principles of the Green New Deal. If not, the alternatives, as Blakeley warns, may be even worse than we feared.

More information about the book can be found here:

About the speaker - Grace Blakeley

Grace Blakeley is economics commentator for the Tribune Magazine and author of ‘Stolen: How to save the world from financialisation’. Her new book, ‘The Corona Crash: How the pandemic will change capitalism’, is out this October with Verso Books.


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