MDM 2018: Financialization and Inequality

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Over the past few decades, the advanced capitalist countries have become increasingly financialized against a backdrop of deepening wealth and income inequality. How do we conceptualize and analyze the distributive consequences of the rise of finance? What do recent political upheavals, including the Trump presidency and Brexit, mean for the status quo of financialized capitalism? And what role, if any, can public policy play in tackling the un-equalizing effects of the contemporary system of money and credit?


Mark Blyth – Brown University
Gerald Epstein – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Rana Foroohar – Financial Times
Natascha van der Zwan – Leiden University
Rebecca Spang – Indiana University

Commentator: Sandy Brian Hager – City, University of London