Global Governance Institute


Marketcraft: How Governments Make Markets Work - Steven Vogel

05 March 2018, 6:15 pm–7:30 pm

Steven Vogel

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Roberts Building 106, Torrington place, London, WC1E 7JE

Modern-day markets do not arise spontaneously or evolve naturally. Rather they are crafted by individuals, firms, and most of all, by governments. Thus "marketcraft" represents a core function of government comparable to statecraft. This talk builds upon the recognition that all markets are crafted, and then explores the implications of this simple observation for analysis and policy.

The experts are often trapped by a false dichotomy of government versus market that impairs their ability to grasp the many facets of market governance. They tend to view market reform as "deregulation," for example, when it actually entails the construction of more rules, the adoption of new business practices, and the diffusion of market norms. The United States, heralded as the "freest" of market economies, is actually the most heavily regulated, and Japan's effort to liberalize its economy actually required more regulation, not less. The talk will conclude with policy lessons for both progressives and market liberals.

Steven K. Vogel is the Il Han New Professor of Asian Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the political economy of the advanced industrialized nations, especially Japan. He is the author of Japan Remodeled: How Government and Industry Are Reforming Japanese Capitalism and Freer Markets, More Rules: Regulatory Reform in Advanced Industrial Countries. This event is open to all, but to avoid disappointment, please Register.