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Contextualising the assault on universities

At the turn of the millennium, the UK was an unambiguous ‘world-leader’ in two principle sectors, both of which had been closely associated with the promise of the ‘knowledge economy’ and ‘post-industrial society’, on which so many policy hopes had hung since the deindustrialisation of the 1970s and early 1980s. Both were dedicated to esoteric […]

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How far will the platform economy extend?

All crises of capitalism have winners as well as losers. The crisis of the 1970s and early ‘80s was what set the scene for the surging financial sector that followed, while also shifting the balance of power towards more flexible, brand-focused firms. The great injustice of 2008 was that, thanks to the exceptional interventions of […]

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PERC podcast: The Political Economy of Financialized Care with Amy Horton

PERC’s Nick Taylor is joined by Dr Amy Horton (UCL) to discuss the political economy of care, the nature of financialization in the care system and prospects for resistance and alternatives to the status quo. Amy is the author of ‘Financialization and non-disposable women: Real estate, debt and labour in UK care homes’, which came […]

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PERC podcast: The City of London and Social Democracy with Aled Davies

PERC’s Sahil Jai Dutta is joined by Dr Aled Davies (Oxford University) to discuss the City of London and Social Democracy. He is the author of The City of London and Social Democracy: The political economy of finance in Britain, 1959-1979, (Oxford University Press, 2017). The conversation spans across the topics of British industrial decline, […]

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Why do financial infrastructures matter? The structural power of exchanges in global finance

Over the past few decades, financial exchanges have become powerful global actors in their own right. In this post, Johannes Petry explores the politics and power of exchanges. Drawing on his recent research, he shows how they control networks along the investment chain and create the infrastructure of global finance, setting the ‘rules of the […]

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

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 College, University of London Sandro Mezzadra explores ‘platform capitalism’ and the key role of […]

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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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