OPEN Economics and the Economics Division Event with Guy Standing, University of London

18:00 - 19:30
Professor Guy Standing
Leeds University Business School, Maurice Keyworth Building, Lecture Theatre G.02
Who can attend:
University of Leeds staff, student, alumni and external guests who have an interest in the topic
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Guy Standing
Professional Research Associate
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London

Leeds University Business School students, staff and alumni are invited to a talk and Q&A delivered by Guy Standing, Professorial Research Associate and former Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 

Guy Standing will discuss his latest book 'The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay'. 

The event is hosted jointly by OPEN Economics Leeds and the Economics Division. 

For further information, please contact Helen Greaves at

About the speaker

Guy Standing is Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an international NGO that promotes basic income. He was previously Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. His recent books include The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011), which has been translated into 18 languages, and A Precariat Charter (2014).


'The Corruption of Capitalism. There is a lie at the heart of global capitalism. While claiming to promote free markets, governments and international agencies have constructed the most unfree market system ever, fostering a plutocracy alongside a growing precariat mired in insecurity. This book shows how rentier capitalism, which Keynes predicted would die, is causing growing inequality. The income distribution system has broken down. A new one is needed, anchored on basic income (social dividends) and democratic wealth funds.'

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