Lecture: The End of Economic Growth: Social Regression or New Beginning?Export this event to calendar

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 — 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Steve Mock and Stephen Purdey will lead an exciting seminar based on the idea of ‘the end of economic growth.’

Steve Mock, a balding youngish man with a beard.Steve Mock (Balsillie School of International Affairs) will give a lecture entitled “National Identity and the Liberal State in a Post-Growth Economy”

The powering-down of the world economy would ultimately mean re-localization to relatively autonomous, self-sufficient communities. Steven Mock will argue, however, that it is a mistake to assume that such re-localized communities will also be politically and socially progressive.  Many social goods such as human equality, freedom of conscience, and social mobility are sustained in part by their functionality in the service of growth-oriented economic structures, and in turn those structures are the product of a unique social grouping called the nation.

Stephen Purdey, a middle-aged man with a beard.Stephen Purdey (Affiliate Researcher with Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation) will lecture on “The Way Ahead: Global Governance, Complex Adaptive Systems and Societal Transformation.”

The ever-bigger world economy is now bumping up against, and in some cases breaching constraints imposed by the finitude of the planetary bio-geosphere. Yet, more and faster growth is demanded as a political priority. How can this conundrum be explained?

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Location 
University of Waterloo Math & Computer building
MC 2065
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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