Scholar in Residence Lecture

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Di. 28.05.2024

Lecture: Counting Backwards from the US Financial Crisis

The Max Planck Institute for Social Studies (MPIfG) cordially invites you to attend the first Scholar in Residence Lecture 2024 on May 28. Bașak Kuș from Wesleyan University is the MPIfG Scholar in Residence 2024.

In the three lectures of her series “Trade-Offs: The State, Economistic Thinking, and Risk Regulation in the Age of Crises” she will share insights into how governments conceptualize and mitigate risk, and the significant role that economists and economistic reasoning play in shaping these processes.

May 28, 2024 | Counting Backwards from the US Financial Crisis: On Economists, the Protective State, and “Not Using the Power of the Crown

As a scholar of the Great Depression, I honestly believe that September and October of 2008 was the worst financial crisis in global history, including the Great Depression,” Bernanke remarked in 2014, his last year as chairman of the Federal Reserve. By the time the crisis was deemed over, more than 300 banks had failed, 10 million houses had entered foreclosure, roughly 8 million jobs had disappeared, and over 20 percent of Americans had found themselves with a negative net worth.  more …

Bașak Kuș is Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. A central question drives her diverse research interests: How do governments conceptualize and respond to crises and risks across different fields, whether the financial sector, climate change, or national security?

Professor Kuș is the author of Disembedded: Regulation, Crisis, and Democracy in the Age of Finance (Oxford University Press). more …

Further lectures in the series will be on June 4 and 18.

Please note that the lecture will take place in person at the MPIfG in Cologne. An online participation is not possible.


16:00 – 17:30 Uhr

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