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The inaugural New Statesman SPERI Prize for Political Economy has been awarded to Mariana Mazzucato of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex.
The prize is awarded to the scholar who has succeeded most effectively over in disseminating original and critical ideas in political economy to a wider public audience in the preceding two or three years.
In their announcement of the shortlist, the jury said of the winner: “Mariana Mazzucato is a professor in the economics of innovation at the University of Sussex. She is an accomplished broadcaster and writer, and her 2013 book The Entrepreneurial State contained a wealth of examples showing how the state – not just the private sector – could foster innovation. The judges praised the originality of her thinking, her willingness to challenge the conventional wisdom and her capacity to take her arguments forward with gusto.”
Professor Mazzucato will deliver a lecture titled “Smart growth: an innovative way to tackle inequality” at the Emmanuel Centre in London at 6.30pm on Thursday 13 November.
The lecture is free but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis - please register above.
Professor Mazzucato said: “I am honoured and delighted to receive the New Statesman SPERI prize, especially given the high calibre of the shortlist. I hope it will help focus attention on the urgent need to tackle rising inequality. This is not just about tax: we need to fundamentally rethink how we talk about wealth creation. Ignoring the key role of the state – or the tax payer – in wealth creation has, in my view, been a lead cause of inequality, allowing some (hyped up) actors to reap a rate of return way beyond their actual contribution. My Prize Lecture will focus on this dysfunctional dynamic – and what to do about it.”
More details about the prize and the shortlist can be found here.
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