One hundred years ago the idea of ‘the economy’ didn’t exist. Now, improving the economy has come to be seen as perhaps the most important task facing modern societies. Politics and policymaking are conducted in the language of economics and economic logic shapes how political issues are thought about and addressed. The result is that the majority of citizens, who cannot speak this language, are locked out of politics while political decisions are increasingly devolved to experts. The econocracy explains how economics came to be seen this way – and the damaging consequences. It opens up the discipline and demonstrates its inner workings to the wider public so that the task of reclaiming democracy can begin.
Join us for the eagerly anticipated launch of our new book The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts at the Old Theatre at the London School of Economics just five minutes walk from Holborn and Temple tube stations and 10 minutes walk from Charing Cross.
We will begin by introducing the Econocracy and then handover to the RSA’s Citizens’ Economic Council and Economy, two really exciting projects that are actively addressing many of the problems we highlight in the book. Then Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, and author of the foreword for The Econocracy will offer his reflections on the book and the challenge of democratising economics more broadly.
Afterwards we will be going to the LSE Students’ Union just across the road for a drink and it would be wonderful to see you there!
When? Monday 21st November, 6.30pm-9.00pm.
Where? Old Theatre, London School of Economics, London.