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[DEVELOPMENT HISTORY LECTURES] The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism with Martin Wolf

February 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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The 1818 Society World Bank History Thematic Group, the World Bank Group Archives, and the World Bank Group Library will host a webinar by Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator of the Financial Times, who will discuss his new book The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, a magnificent reckoning with how and why the marriage between democracy and capitalism is coming undone, and what can be done to reverse this terrifying dynamic.

Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”.

Martin is a distinguished World Bank alumnus. He joined as a Young Professional in 1971. He served successively as an Economist in the Development Finance Companies Division; Senior Economist in the Office of the Regional Vice President, Eastern Africa; Senior Economist, South Asia Department, Division B; and finally, as Senior Economist, Development Economics, International Trade & Capital Flows Division. Martin was a member of the core team that produced the first World Development Report: Prospects for Growth and Alleviation of Poverty in 1978. His World Bank Archives oral history can be read here:

After leaving the World Bank, Martin was the Director of Studies at the Trade Policy Research Centre in London between 1981 and 1987. He then went to the Financial Times, where he became Chief Economics Leader Writer; since 1990, Associate Editor; and since 1996, Chief Economics Commentator.

In 2009, Martin was named one of Prospect Magazine’s top 25 brains of the financial crisis. Foreign Policy Magazine named him one of the top 100 global thinkers in 2011.

His books include Why Globalization Works (2004), Fixing Global Finance (2008), and The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned—and Have Still to Learn—from the Financial Crisis (2014).

The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, to be published on February 7, can be ordered from Amazon:

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February 1, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am




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