Join us for the fifth event of our Inequality Lecture Series! Jason Hickel is joining us to talk about the links between economic growth and inequality. More details about this event, and all future events of the Series can be found here.
Virtually every government in the world is bent on a single overarching goal: to maximize GDP growth. Growth remains the mantra of capitalism in the 21st century. We are told that growth is good, that it is the only way to eradicate poverty and achieve human progress. But are these claims true? Is growth really necessary? And in a world threatened by ecological collapse, is it still a viable option?
Jason Hickel says that rich nations like the UK need to abandon growth as a political objective and begin to scale down their economic activity. He argues that de-growth is not only our best shot at averting catastrophic climate change - it is also an essential step in the fight against global inequality.
Hickel is the author of a number of books, most recently The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions. In addition to his academic work, he writes a column for The Guardian, works with /The Rules collective, serves on the executive board of Academics Stand Against Poverty, and holds a Fellowship at the Royal Society of Arts.