The New York Review of Books hosted the conference ‘What Now? Europe and North America in a Disordered World’ at University College, London, on 21 and 22 November.

The event was supported by Granta, and now we bring you our first of three video instalments: the ‘Crises of Capitalism’ session. Below are the three addresses: Robert Skidelsky, Paul Krugman and Robin Wells, and finally Amartya Sen look back on Obama’s first year in office, a return to Depression economics and what this means for the shifting balances of world power.



Keynes Revisited

Robert Skidelsky is a member of the House of Lords. He was Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick 1990-2006, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. An abridged version of his three-volume biography of J M Keynes, John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman, was published by Penguin in the US and Macmillian in the UK. He is also the author of Keynes: Return of the Master, (Public Affairs/Allen Lane).



Causes, Consequences and Remedies

Robin Wells is Researcher in Economics at Princeton. She is the author, with Paul Krugtman and Katherine Graddy, of Economics (Worth Publishers 2007).

Paul Krugman won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2008. He is Professor of Economics at Princeton University and a columnist for the New York Times. He is the author, with Robin Wells and Katherine Graddy, of Economics (Worth Publishers) and of The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 (Allen Lane/Norton).



The Crises and the Future of Capitalism

Amartya Sen won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998. He is Lamont University Professor at Harvard, and a Fellow of All Soul’s College, Oxford. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1998 to 2004. He is the author of The Idea of Justice (Harvard UP/Allen Lane).


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