UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Rethinking Capitalism: A new IIPP course on why better policies requires better theory

5 April 2018

IIPP will deliver a new module, available to all 2nd and 3rd year UCL undergraduates, commencing January 2019.

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The module will draw on the book “Rethinking Capitalism”, edited by Mariana Mazzucato (Director of IIPP) and Michael Jacobs (Visiting fellow in the UCL School of Public Policy). It will feature guest academic lectures from some of the chapter authors – including Stephanie KeltonWilliam Lazonick, Mariana Mazzucato and Carlota Perez as well as other leading thinkers such as Branko Milanovic and Eric Beinhocker along with IIPP staff Rainer Kattel and Josh Ryan-Collins.  

The module will help students develop their critical thinking and make the connections between economic theory and real world policy issues. It will provide an introduction to a range of different economics perspectives, including Neoclassical, post-Keynesian, ecological, evolutionary, Marxist and institutional economics theories and how their different assumptions link to different public policies.

The module would be suitable as an elective to a range of BA, BSc, BASc programmes, including in the Economics, SSEES, School of Public Policy, Institute of Education, the Bartlett and Engineering departments. The module does not require formal training in economics or any other quantitative or technical skills.

To find out more about the course, visit the module page on our website.

Photo: Chris Ison/PA