UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Shaping markets: Law, institutions and governments in the time of COVID-19

The shock of the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many fault lines of global capitalism. Next to immediate recovery efforts, we need to discuss how the health and economic crises pose fundamental challenges to the rules that govern our social, political and economic lives. This talk will explore the following questions:

  • What are the key areas of global capitalism that need rethinking and rebuilding?
  • What kind of legal, institutional and governance frameworks need to be challenged and reformulated?
  • How can societies shape markets towards inclusive and sustainable capitalism?

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About the speakers

Katharina Pistor

Katharina Pistor is a distinguished scholar and writer on corporate governance, money and finance, property rights, and comparative law and legal institutions. Pistor publishes widely in legal and social science journals and has recently argued that the rise of a global money system means a new definition of sovereignty: the control of money.

Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato is amongst the most significant contemporary thinkers on innovation and the evolution of markets. Her work has challenged the account of innovation and growth in orthodox economics and initiated new research streams and policy directions.