17 de julio de 2014

COES realizará su primera Conferencia: “Capitalismo, conflicto y cohesión”, dictada por el profesor Craig Calhoun


El Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social (COES), invita a su primera Conferencia: «Capitalismo, conflicto y cohesión» dictada por Craig Calhoun.
En esta ocasión el profesor Calhoun, Director de la London School of Economics and Political Science, abordará el tema de la legitimidad del orden social en una era de desigualdades y malestar social.
La conferencia se llevará a cabo el día miércoles 23 de julio a las 18:30 horas en el Auditorio de la Biblioteca Nicanor Parra de la Universidad Diego Portales, en Vergara 324, Santiago. La charla contará con traducción simultánea.

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Capitalism, Conflict, and Cohesion
Craig Calhoun, LSE
Global capitalism has not yet fully emerged from a period of serious fragility and stalled growth signaled by the financial crisis of 2008-9. Still it did not collapse in crisis nor did it face successful or even widespread movements in favor of a systemic alternative. It may be that capitalism is threatened less by collapse due to internal contradictions, or direct opposition than by external factors.
Arguably the biggest risks before the world include not just systemic risk in the capitalist system but the potential for war, problems of the environment, the loss or casualization of employment, the rise of illicit capitalism, and the dissolution of social solidarity. These are not, however, entirely separate factors. They are caused, shaped, or exacerbated by capitalism’s externalities – the ways capitalist enterprises create costs that are borne not on the balance sheets of firms but by others.
Creating strong social institutions to mitigate the damage of capitalism’s externalities is a critical challenge globally and nationally. Karl Polanyi described this as a ‘double movement’ in which economic growth destablises social life and states try to mitigate damage and restore solidarity. Today, relevant state institutions themselves face serious challenges. Philanthropy may help. The informal sector provides partial but not scalable solutions. Entrepreneurship may bring market solutions to some problems. But the question of how to achieve solidarity and mitigate conflict under conditions of capitalist growth is as basic as the question of how to achieve capitalist growth.

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