Event Date: 30 June 2016
Birkbeck School of Arts
Birkbeck University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
Liam Byrne MP on the History of British Capitalism
Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne joins a panel of Birkbeck academics to discuss his forthcoming book on the history of British enterprise.
Liam Byrne has held a wide variety of roles in government, serving in the Home Office, 10 Downing Street and finally the Treasury, where he was Chief Secretary in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. He is the author of over 20 books and pamphlets, including Turning to Face the East, published in 2013, where he argues that greater ties with China will be key to Britain’s future prosperity.
He now joins Birkbeck Politics to present his latest book, Dragons: Ten Entrepreneurs Who Built Britain, a look at the history of British capitalism and the development of the UK into a global economic force. He appears with a panel of academics from Birkbeck’s Department of Politics, including Dr Jason Edwards and Professor Deborah Mabbett.
Jason Edwards is a lecturer in politics in the Department of Politics, Birkbeck. Jason is a political theorist with interests in political sociology and the history of political thought. Jason is an expert in radical politics. His book The Radical Attitude and Modern Political Theory (London: Palgrave Macmillan) was published in 2007 and he continues to return to the theme throughout his writing.
Deborah Mabbett is Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Politics, Birkbeck. Deborah writes and researches on a wide range of issues related to welfare and inequality. She has wide experience of public policy in practice, particularly in the field of social security, having worked at various times for the New Zealand Treasury and the World Bank, as well as undertaking consultancy and research for public bodies in the UK and the European Union.