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Critique, Influence, Change: series launch

With Ha-Joon Chang, Ellie Mae O’Hagan and Duncan Green

Wed 19 Mar 2014, 7:00pm

Free Word Lecture Theatre

Critique influence change

The global economic crisis has discredited many of the ideas associated with neo-liberal capitalism. Across the world movements and governments are seeking and implementing alternatives. And yet the left still has a long way to go in terms of fundamentally changing society, rather than just critiquing and opposing the status quo.

This event will discuss the opportunities for progressive and left politics in the contemporary moment, and the need for new, bold and creative thinking. It will launch the new ‘Critique, Influence, Change’ series, published by Zed Books. The series brings together pivotal texts by notable academics and activists from Zed Books’ publishing of the last thirty-five years, with new introductions by the authors and other leading scholars. Beautifully designed, and available at an attractive £12.99 for the first time, these books constitute a library for change for students, activists and the politically passionate.

Speakers include Ha-Joon Chang, Ellie Mae O’Hagan and Duncan Green. Refreshments will be served and books from the series will be available at a discount price.


Ha-Joon Chang is a world renowned heterodox economist and co-author of Reclaiming Development (Zed Books, 2014) and the best-selling 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (2011).

Ellie Mae O’Hagan is a columnist for the Guardian's Comment is Free, works for the CLASS think tank for labour and left discussion and is an active member of UK Uncut. She tweets as @MissEllieMae.

Duncan Green is the Senior Strategic Adviser for Oxfam Great Britain and the author of From Poverty to Power.