I am a writer, scholar and political commentator interested in judgment and justice, ideologies, democracy's troubles with capitalism and capitalism's devious talent for survival. I draw on history of ideas and political sociology to produce (hopefully) politically salient and critical analyses of modern societies. I'm currently 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.
Does inequality matter or is precarity the real problem? Public Lecture
Future of Money will be hosting Albena Azmanova, the author of the widely acclaimed book "Capitalism on Edge: How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Crisis or Utopia.".
Professor Azmanova makes a fascinating contribution to the debate around contemporary society arguing that the key issue of our age is precarity or insecurity rather than inequality.
Author Meets Critics Public Lecture
Panel discussion on Capitalism on Edge
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.
The successes of the right showed a longing for security, especially in the pandemic, says the political scientist Albena Azmanova. The left ignore that.
Discussing with James Galbraith the future of work Public Lecture
James Galbraith and Albena Azmanova debate strategies for post-Covid social transformation, focusing on the work-related contradictions of capitalism Azmanova identifies in her book Capitalism on Edge. She has argued that while the new economy does not generate good jobs for all, we are increasingly reliant on holding a job, but she rejects the two popular strategies for solving this conundrum: active job creation and universal basic income.
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Peter Fleming's new book records the acute pathologies afflicting universities as workplaces and laboratories of knowledge and learning. Join his discussion with Will Davies and, Gargi Bhattacharyya and chair Albena Azmanova
The Future of Democracy in a World of Uncertainty Public Lecture
ENA Institute @ Delphi Economic Forum VI
Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University), Göran Therborn (Cambridge University) and Albena Azmanova (Kent University) offer their diagnoses on the state of liberal democracy and their prognoses for progressive social transformation.