The world has faced two major crises in 12 years. The aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis are still being felt and the consequences of COVID-19 for the economy and society will be with us for a long time. Alongside these crises, a series of utopian and dystopian visions of the futures of work and capitalism have arisen, seeking to make sense of an era defined by technological change, populist upheaval, digital authoritarianism and the global pandemic. In the immediate wake of the US presidential election, this special event with Political Quarterly explores these futures and debates their political implications on the national and international stage. Is global capitalism doomed or under new leadership? Is the end of labor near or utopian? Is the great state back and where should its limits be in the digital age? And how is a place politics based in our cities linked to the global common good in a frayed world order? Speakers are: Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham and author of The Dignity of Labor (forthcoming, Polity); Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan and Shadow Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Paul Mason, commentator and author of How to Stop Fascism (forthcoming, Penguin). The event was chaired by Frederick Harry Pitts (University of Bristol), scholar and author of Value (forthcoming, Polity). This session is based on a special issue of Political Quarterly on “Postcapitalism and the Politics of Work”: This is a Thinking Futures event at the University of Bristol, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2020, delivered possible thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation. As part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas, an initiative managed by the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. Find out more:.
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