About the speaker:
Raphie Kaplinsky is a development economist and an Honorary Professor at the Science Policy Research Unit and an Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University. He has published extensively on the related themes of globalisation and equalization. He has also assisted governments, the United Nations, firms and local authorities in developing policies to promote industrial and technological restructuring. More recently he has been working on urban regeneration in Newhaven. He is currently writing a book on the Crisis in Capitalism.
About the talk:
Since the Industrial Revolution, Capitalism has experienced a series of growth surges, each of which has been accompanied by an ensemble of complementary and supportive social relations which include patterns of governance, lifestyles and value systems. Each of these growth surges has degraded and run its course and, and after a period of turmoil, been replaced by a new “socio-technical system”. We are currently witnessing the exhaustion of the post-WW2 growth surge which is proving to be economically, socially and environmentally unsustainable. Although we can envisage what a more sustainable future might look like, we struggle to imagine and manage a peaceful transition between paradigms. This talk will focus on the social unsustainability of the current growth surge, arguing that one of the forms which it is taking is a rise in populism.
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