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Westminster IR Forum Spring-Summer 2010

Thursday Series: Security and the Subject

Thursdays 6pm, Westminster Forum, 5th Floor, 32-38 Wells Street, London W1T 3UW (nearest tube Oxford Circus)

Wine and nibbles provided.

April 15th

Daniel Ben-Ami (author of Cowardly Capitalism and Ferraris For All forthcoming)

Rethinking Global Inequality

Virtually everyone supports some conception of equality whether it is equal rights, equality of opportunity or material equality. This seminar will examine how best to understand inequality in a global context. Does the existence of vast global inequalities suggest that economic growth should be restrained to stop incomes diverging still further? Or is it wrong to see inequality primarily in economic terms? Influential approaches such as the United Nations’ notion of “human development” and Amartya Sen’s “capabilities” move away from a material understanding of inequality. But do non-material approaches provide a satisfactory solution to the problem?