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Why Do We (Still) Believe in Zombie Economics? with Professor John Quiggin

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Emmanuel College

Sir William MacGregor Drive

St Lucia, QLD 4067

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Professor Quiggin’s book Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us is a fascinating account of the ways in which the dominant ideas of market liberalism have been proven wrong many times over, and yet these defunct doctrines still exercise a powerful control over key policy and political agendas in contemporary society. The Emmanuel Centre is very interested in the ways in which science (here the social sciences of economics, politics, and public policy) interacts with religion and society. Could it be that there is something of a religious dynamic in the manner in which we cling to defunct ideological doctrines about ‘the economy’ with something approaching blind faith? What type of ‘conversion’ would we need to undergo in our basic attitudes to the world of finance, economics, and politics in order to be free of zombie economics? These are the questions we have put to Professor Quiggin. Come along and hear his answers!

Professor John Quiggin is an internationally acclaimed economist and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow at The University of Queensland. He is well known for his critique of market liberalism and his work in public policy and the environment.

A light lunch will be served at this seminar from 12.00pm.

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