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Natasha Hamilton-Hart - Anglo-American capitalism in an East Asian Mirror

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The rise of a populist backlash against ‘globalized elites’ in the U.S. and Britain is often attributed to underlying socio-economic cleavages and governing dysfunction in what has been termed Anglo-American capitalism. There is, however, little agreement on what exactly went wrong and why.

This talk looks to East Asia to explore what might lie behind the apparent inability of some advanced Western states to deliver a range of critical public good functions. Capitalism as it has developed in East Asia has delivered rising living standards under the stewardship of both ‘developmental’ states and more patrimonial governing systems. Both differ from the ‘regulatory state’ that emerged from comprehensive state sector reform programmes in countries such as Britain and New Zealand.

The talk will also explore some of the key differences in state sector organization, legal system and underlying political settlement across East Asia, with a view to interpreting current political cleavages and economic pressures in Anglo-American systems.

Natasha Hamilton-Hart is Director of the New Zealand Asia Institute and Professor in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School. She is a specialist on Southeast Asia, with a particular interest in state institutions, the political economy of finance and capital mobility, regulation and property rights, on which she has published extensively. She gained her PhD from Cornell University and held positions at the Australian National University and the National University of Singapore before joining the University of Auckland.

AUT City Campus, Lecture Theatre WG126

April 14th, 2021 from  5:00 PM to  7:00 PM
Wellington Baptist Church
46-48 Boulcott Street
Wellington, 6011
New Zealand