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  Öffentlicher Vortrag | Public Lecture

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 5 p.m.

The Financial Foundations of Capitalism and Widely-Shared Wealth

Carolyn Sissoko, Bristol Business School, UWE



Is capitalism a remarkable mechanism for growing a society with widely shared wealth, or is it a tool for transferring wealth to a select few? In her talk, Carolyn Sissoko will suggest that it is both, and that our current economic structure is post-capitalist. More importantly, she will argue that a careful history of capitalism can tell us what financial and legal infrastructure is necessary in order for a society to promote widely shared wealth. The challenges then are political and environmental: Is there the political will to put this infrastructure into place on a global scale? And is it possible to design this infrastructure so that it does not worsen the climate crisis?

Carolyn Sissoko is a Senior Lecturer at the Bristol Business School, University of the West of England (UWE). Her research focuses on macro-finance and the history of the nexus between the monetary system, the financial system, and economic performance. Current projects include a history of the monetary foundations of Britain’s nineteenth-century growth, a history of the transformation of the US financial system in the twentieth century, and the study of modern collateralized money markets and their implications.

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