Craig Calhoun: Does Capitalism Have a Future?

Abstract: Capitalism seems to have survived another deep crisis, though widespread growth has not resumed. Simple collapse is not the likely future. But neither is stability. Capitalism's global centre of gravity is changing but no new hegemonic power has arisen. Liberal institutions are challenged. State leadership and global governance are both crucial and vexed. And renewed capitalism must deal differently with its social and natural contexts.

Craig Calhoun is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously he was President of the Social Science Research Council and a professor at North Carolina, Columbia and NYU Universities. As an individual scholar, his work has ranged across the social sciences, history, and philosophy.

He is the author of several books which includes: The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early 19th Century Social Movements, Nations Matter: Culture, History, and the Cosmopolitan Dream, and Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China. His most recent book Does Capitalism Have a Future? was published this year.

Rajeev Bhargava is Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Saturday, 7 December 2013
CSDS Seminar Hall