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'Politics in Uncertain Times: What will the world look like in 2050 and how do you know?

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Have recent events in the United Kingdom and United States left you wondering what the global political and economic order will look like in the future? Do you have ideas about how the combination of economic crisis, environmental catastrophe and shifting power within the global economy will shape the world around us for generations to come? Did you predict the outcome of the recent general election correctly when so many commentators were wrong? If so, this is the event for you!

The British and Comparative Political Economy Group welcomes you to the beautiful setting of the Webb Library, situated within the grounds of Jesus College (Cambridge). Here, a panel of experts will debate future trajectories of change as we try to make sense of where this period of ‘great uncertainty’ is heading. This is also your opportunity to contribute, as there will be a strong emphasis on audience participation. Avoiding the traditional model of equivalent events, interactive sessions will be incorporated into the development of the discussion to ensure as many voices and ideas can be heard as possible. But do not worry, no homework preparation is required!

We are pleased to introduce a fantastic panel, including Jeremy Green (Chair), Helen Thompson, Joel Faulkner Rogers, Glen O’Hara and Paul Krishnamurty, with more speakers to be announced in the near future. A wide-ranging discussion will be encouraged, directed by the following types of questions:

Considering the surprise by which many events have taken society, should we attempt to be predictive and anticipatory when conducting political and economic analysis? Or, is the world so inherently unpredictable that we should avoid taking part in such activity? How much does the weight of history hang over future trajectories of political and economic change? Has the study of the future become too detached from the study of history? What impact are political and economic changes going to have on future generations? How will the young of today shape these? We look forward to seeing you in September for what promises to be a lively event!

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