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I'm a political theorist interested in judgment and justice, political epistemology, ideologies, democratic transitions and the critique of capitalism. I draw on history of ideas and political sociology to produce (hopefully) politically salient and critical analysis of modern societies. I'm a tenured Associate Professor of Political and Social Theory at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies.

Capitalism is not on its deathbed, utopia is not in our future, and revolution is not in the cards. And yet, the time is ripe for radical progressive change.

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My latest book

James Galbraith: "This is the big-think book of our time", interview, Project Syndicate. Read his full review "The Pandemic and Capitalism".

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Battlegrounds of Justice: The Pandemic and What Really Grieves the 99% Book Chapter

in Pandemics, Politics, and Society: Critical Perspectives on the Covid-19 Crisis edited by Gerard Delanty

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Publication Date: Coming in 2021

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Who Sews Kamala Harris' Clothes? Public Lecture

Feminist Struggles: Individual Emancipation versus Class Liberation

Organized by The Barricade

The aesthetics of feminism have never been so trendy! Take the idea that the feminist struggle is one of individual emancipation - in that case, we can be delighted with what we've achieved: Women are conquering top management positions. They are now in the highest positions of politics - we have the first woman of color as the USA's vice president. But are these real victories for the feminist movement that aims for systemic change of society?

With Maria Cernat and Boyan Stanislavski
Sun 7 Feb, 2021
16:00
(UTC-5)

On the changing shape of globalisation and the chances for progressive radicalism Public Lecture

Organized by The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, Cambridge University

The 21st century has inaugurated a new stage in the life of global capitalism. Neoliberalism has been replaced by a yet darker entity, the ‘precarity capitalism’, marked by the massive spread of insecurity for the 99 per cent: for rich and poor, men and women, the well-educated and the poorly skilled, insiders and newcomers. This, creates an unprecedented opportunity for victorious radical politics.

With James Galbraith and Marshall Auerback
Fri 11 Dec, 2020
15:00
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16:00
(UTC)
Cambridge University
UK

How can diversity of thought coincide with diversity of cultures in the classroom? Public Lecture

Organized by School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mercy College

We face a tension that is both psychological and political the more our societies diversify naturally and culturally. We often end up in echo chambers and political silos that act as a haven and give us a sense of refuge. As these divisions increase and society becomes more and more splintered, so does animosity between groups.

With S. Kent Butler and Rebecca Mattis-Pinard
Wed 9 Dec, 2020
12:00
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13:30
(UTC-5)

Capitalism on Edge: on Radical Change without Crisis, Revolution, or Utopia Public Lecture

Organized by St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

The pandemic has disclosed that precarity, above all, is what grieves the 99 per cent. Albena Azmanova, in her new book Capitalism on Edge, suggest that this presents a unique opportunity for effecting radical change without the help of a terminal crisis of capitalism, grand utopias, or a revolution. We will explore, in discussion with her, the new paths for progressive politics our historical junction has opened.

With Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Will Hutton and Karthik Ramanna
Mon 9 Nov, 2020
17:00
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18:15
(UTC)
Oxford, England

Precarity and Subversion Public Lecture

The New Language of Radicalism

Organized by Hobart and William Smith Colleges

I open the Guest Lecture series at Fisher Center for Gender and Justice at Hobart & William Smith Colleges with a discussion of precarity, the meta-crisis of capitalism and subversion as a form of radical change without a revolutionary break.

With Alla Ivanchikova
Mon 26 Oct, 2020
13:00
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14:30
(UTC-4)

Ivan Krastev and Albena Azmanova discussing Capitalism on Edge Public Lecture

Organized by Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue

The wake of the financial crisis has inspired hopes for dramatic change and stirred visions of capitalism’s terminal collapse. Yet capitalism is not on its deathbed, utopia is not in our future, and revolution is not in the cards. In Capitalism on Edge, Albena Azmanova demonstrates that radical progressive change is still attainable, but it must come from an unexpected direction.

With Ivan Krastev and Robert Misik
Mon 5 Oct, 2020
Vienna, Austria

How not to turn democracy into a neoliberal fantasy OpEd

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Published: 6 Jul, 2020

Yes, someone is to blame OpEd

with James Galbraith

Social Europe
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Published: 23 Jun, 2020

Disaster Capitalism or the Green New Deal OpEd

with James Galbraith

Progressive International
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Published: 14 May, 2020

Towards a thriving European welfare state: thoughts on 9 May 2020 OpEd

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Published: 11 May, 2020