Welcome

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.

My latest book

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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Upcoming

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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IWM Monthly lecture Public Lecture

Capitalism on Edge

Organized by The Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)

This event is part of the IWM Monthly lecture series. Once a month public lectures take place on subjects related to the main research interests of the Institute. The purpose of these lectures is to be a window into the Institute’s work. Speakers include Visiting Fellows and international experts.

With Ludger Hagedorn and Wolfgang Merkel
Tue 30 Mar, 2021

How Precarity Puts Capitalism on Edge Interview

Organized by The William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance

Mark Blyth and Albena Azmanova explore the roots of economic precarity, the reasons it’s more dangerous and destabilizing than inequality alone, and why addressing it will require mixing tried-and-true economic policies with a radical rethinking of how our economy is structured.

With Mark Blyth
Wed 17 Mar, 2021

Capitalism on Edge Discussion Interview

Organized by Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University

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 this interview I demonstrate that radical progressive change is still attainable, but it may come from an unexpected direction.

With Mark Blyth
Tue 16 Mar, 2021

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)

Capitalism on Edge Podcast Interview

Organized by Social Europe

For Albena Azmanova capitalism is not in crisis, but it is on edge—and on the point of radical transformation.

With Robin Wilson
Fri 29 Jan, 2021

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 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

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Published: 23 Jun, 2020