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Pranab Bardhan's talk will be around the main theme of his book titled A World of Insecurity: Democratic Disenchantment in Rich and Poor Countries, recently published by Harvard University Press. It is an analysis of the main factors behind the rise of right-wing extremism and the erosion of democracy in much of the world, and also a look into the various policies--economic and cultural, national and international-- that seem to be called for if one aims at a rejuvenation of some form of social democracy.


About the speaker

Professor Pranab Bardhan 

Pranab Bardhan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata and Cambridge University, England. He had been at the faculty of MIT, Indian Statistical Institute and Delhi School of Economics before joining Berkeley. He has been Visiting Professor/Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and London School of Economics. He held the Distinguished Fulbright Siena Chair at the University of Siena, Italy in 2008-9. He was the BP Centennial Professor at London School of Economics for 2010 and 2011.

He has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade. A part of his work is in the interdisciplinary area of economics, political science, and social anthropology. He was Chief Editor of the Journal of Development Economics for 1985-2003. He was the co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance for 1996-2007.

This is a keynote lecture delivered as a centrepiece of a 2-day workshop on India’s Political Economy.

Event details

BH (S) 1.01 Lecture Theatre 1
Bush House
Strand campus, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG