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Speaker(s): Paul Mason

Recorded on 31 January 2011 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

As countries adopt competitive exit strategies from the global crisis Paul Mason surveys the political economy of a flat recovery. He argues that mainstream economics have still refused to draw the lessons of asset price bubbles and situates the divergent recovery, east and west, within a long-wave explanation of the crisis. Paul Mason is the award-winning economics editor of BBC Newsnight, covering an agenda he describes as 'profit, people and planet' and author of the Idle Scrawl blog , which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2009. His first book, Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global, was long listed for the Guardian First Book Award. This event marks the publication of his latest book Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed.

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