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Andrew Sayer - "Crisis of What?: Moral Economy in the 21st Century"
Date: 17 June 2009 Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: IAS MR 2/3
Institute for Advanced Studies Lecture Series
6.30pm, Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 of the IAS Building.
Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
The talk will address two crises from a moral economic perspective - the current credit crunch, so-called, and the crisis of global warming. Major crises call for a return to basic issues; the focus will therefore not be on the concrete forms of the current economic crisis but on the legitimacy or otherwise of the basic institutions and practices from which it and the climate crisis arise. The moral economic approach has much in common with classical political economy in that it is concerned not only with the 'engineering' questions of how existing forms of economic organization work but with the ethical justification of particular economic arrangements - especially property rights. Like classical political economy it combines positive and normative reasoning, and where the former was pre-disciplinary, moral economy is post-disciplinary, drawing upon moral and political philosophy, political economy, economic sociology and anthropology.
Event website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/ias/
Who can attend: Anyone
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