Cafe Economique – Hugo Radice will speak on the Eurozone Crisis
9 April 2013 - new venue details below
The Eurozone Crisis and the Politics of Austerity
With the Cyprus bailout deal threatening to plunge the Eurozone back into crisis, it seems that little progress has been made over three years of failed initiatives and fractious politics. This talk will chart the origins and history of the linked problems of bank lending and government borrowing across Europe; the conflict between national sovereignty and effective regional governance; and why austerity is being enforced at the expense of jobs and growth.
Date: Tuesday 9 April 2013
Doors open and refreshments from 7pm.
Speaker and discussion from 7.30 – 9.30 pm
School of Philosophy, 64 Woodland Lane, Chapel Allerton, LS7 4PD
Questions for discussion include:
How far is the crisis the inevitable result of a flawed model of monetary integration?
Is the real problem one of Germany trying to force its own economic ideology on its partner states?
Can we find alternatives to austerity, based on democracy and social justice?
Hugo Radice lectured in political economy at the University of Leeds from 1978 to 2008. He continues to study capitalism and its crises in Britain, Europe and beyond. In addition to academic articles he writes occasionally for the Yorkshire Post and Red Pepper, and for blogs such as New Left Project and Social Europe Journal - for recent work see www.polis.leeds.ac.uk/ about/staff/radice/
Hugo is a regular contributor to a number of progressive websites, including Red Pepper, New Left Project and Social Europe Journal, as well as occasional articles on economic issues for the Yorkshire Post. He has been active in the Conference of Socialist Economists since its foundation in 1970, and currently participates in its Transpennine Working Group.
Please note: Whlist we do not charge for entry, a voluntary contribution of around £2 per person is appreciated to cover the cost of room hire, refreshments and speakers’ (very) moderate expenses. Many thanks!