The financial crisis has made a rethinking of economics more urgent than ever. KSU/Basta! aims to contribute to the discussion about the direction of economics both within academia and in the public debate. Guestspeaker: Irene van Staveren.
To that effect it started organizing a series of reading groups, the first of which, titled ‘Roots of the Crisis & Cuts‘, culminated in this evening of discussion.
First guestspeaker Irene van Staveren will set forth her views on how academic economics should change in response to its failure in predicting and coping with the financial crisis, followed by a debate with the audience. Then there will be a discussion between organizers from all over the country (and the audience) on how to educate the broader public on economical and political issues and, more importantly, how to draw the public into a more active participation, both in debate and in action.
(Arjo Klamer, previously expected as a second speaker, is unfortunately unable to attend)
- Robert Johnson. “Economics: A Profession At Sea. How to keep economists from missing the next financial crisis”. Time, January 19, 2012.
- Irene van Staveren, The Values of Economics. An Aristotelian Perspective. London: Routledge, 2001. Preface: “Somewhere along the route of modernisation economics has lost its connection to the most basic characteristics of human behaviour.”
- Irene van Staveren, interview by De Groene Amsterdammer, April 4, 2011 (Dutch).
Free entrance. Language: English