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Webinar with Sandro Mezzadra and Will Davies: Platform capitalism during COVID-19

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10-11am BST Webinar Sign up on Eventbrite by clicking here. How has the Covid-19 crisis deepened our dependency on the giants of platform capitalism like Amazon and what does this mean for our future? In this webinar organised by the Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) and Department of Politics at Goldsmiths […]

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PERC podcast: The political economy of the corporation with Sandy Hager

PERC’s Sahil Jai Dutta is joined by Dr Sandy Brian Hager (City, University of London) to discuss the political economy of the corporation. He is the author of the book Public Debt, Inequality, and Power: The Making of a Modern Debt State (2016) published by University of California Press. The conversation spans across the topics […]

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Sympathy for the devil

Imagination is key to our capacity to extend sympathy to others, but can be easily exploited by the powerful as a tool to overshadow systemic injustices.   People take news of other people’s suffering in different ways. In March, on hearing that Boris Johnson had contracted coronavirus, a friend of mine who is a staunch […]

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Who will go back to work?

As Britain starts to consider possible paths out of the current lock-down and ‘furlough’ scheme, the class divisions are becoming ever clearer. The new advice from the government this week is that those who are unable to work from home, and can avoid public transport, should return to work. The Prime Minister gave the examples […]

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Book review: Minsky by Daniel H. Neilson

When Lehman Brothers collapsed twelve years ago governments moved quickly, coordinating support to stop financial contagion from entirely upending the real economy. This time, the reverse is true. It’s the real economy that stopped abruptly and governments and central banks have made dramatic interventions to protect financial markets. The scale of their action is eye-watering […]

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12th Annual Critical Finance Studies Conference Call for Papers

12th Annual Critical Finance Studies Conference Call for Papers: Virtual Get-Together 27th– 28th August 2020 (Afternoons) Critical finance scholars are accustomed to questioning the dominant narratives that surround finance. Often, they challenge the belief that finance could be beneficial to society, if only it were regulated effectively – and if only everyone had sufficient financial […]

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Book review: Darkness by Design by Walter Mattli

The economic fallout from Covid-19 has been vast. But amid the many losers there were some clear winners. One group in particular is the exchanges themselves on which financial trades take place. Because the volatility in financial markets meant trading volumes spiked. The FT reported that in March the churn of trade on public exchanges […]

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The holiday of exchange value

Many markets are on hold, as societies such as ours fight the pandemic. But how else might things be valued, and how much of that alternative could survive when economic normality returns?   The primary economic fact about the coronavirus crisis is how it has brought existing class divisions into much sharper light. The New […]

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