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The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism by Clara Mattei

9 November @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm





LSE Law School and the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy at LSE Human Rights are delighted to host a launch of…

The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism by Clara Mattei

In The Capital Order, political economist Clara E. Mattei explores the intellectual origins of austerity to uncover its originating motives: the protection of capital—and indeed capitalism —in times of social upheaval from below. Drawing on newly uncovered archival material from Britain and Italy, much of it translated for the first time, The Capital Order offers a damning and essential new account of the rise of austerity—and of modern economics.


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Chair: Dr Margot Salomon, LSE Law School

Speaker: Dr Clara Mattei, Economics Department, The New School for Social Research

Discussants: Professor Robert Wade, Department of International Development, LSE

Professor Ha-Joon Chang, Economics Department, SOAS

Dr Paul O’Connell, School of Law, SOAS


Dr Clara E. Mattei is Assistant Professor in the Economics Department of The New School for Social Research in New York. She holds a PhD in Economics from Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy) and an MA and BA in Philosophy from Pavia University. Her research contributes to the history of capitalism, exploring the critical relation between economic ideas and technocratic policy making. Her Book Capital Order will be published with Chicago University Press in November 2022


9 November
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category:


Law Events


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