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Work and the Gig Economy

Alex Wood – April 27th 2021 10:00 GMT Abstract: The gig economy is now a profound part of our economy and society, and goes hand-in-hand with the casualisation of labour, especially as the digital economy has become more advanced. In this seminar, Alex Wood will… Read More »Work and the Gig Economy

Fairground Capitalism

Arpad Szakolczai – April 22nd 2021 – 10:00 GMT Abstract: Modernity and the processes of capitalism appear to us from a position of calculative rationality. Capitalism counts, assigns, assesses, streamlines, evaluates and otherwise organises and categorises the social world in a manner which appears to… Read More »Fairground Capitalism

Street-Level Welfare

Evelyn Brodkin in conversation with Mary Murphy and Joe Whelan – April 20th 2021 – 16:00 GMT Abstract: Street-level organizations (SLOs) – those organizations that directly bring policy to people – play an important and familiar role as the operational arm of the state. However,… Read More »Street-Level Welfare

Justifying Welfare

Magnus Paulsen Hansen – in conversation with Fiona Dukelow and Michael McGann – March 25th – 10:00 GMT Abstract: In 2019, I published a book (The moral economy of activation) on justification of activation reforms in Denmark and France. The book used concepts from the… Read More »Justifying Welfare

The Reformation of Welfare

Ray Griffin and Tom Boland – March 23rd – 10:00 GMT Abstract: Contemporary states incessantly pursue welfare reform:  This talk traces how welfare has been conceptualised from early twentieth century models of social insurance, through the ILO definition of unemployment to the post-war welfare state,… Read More »The Reformation of Welfare

Economic Theology: Governance

Mitchell Dean – March 11th – 10:00 GMT Abstract: Foucault and Agamben in the present– Governmentality, economic theology and political theology as paradigms and analytical strategies – Methodological orientations, e.g. signature, arche, genealogy – Institutional and conceptual economic theology – The ordeal (l’épreuve): personal, economic, governmental… Read More »Economic Theology: Governance