6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Modern economists have invented economic man. A money-hunting, selfish, competitive human being dedicated to a life of work and wealth amassing against poverty and unemployment. The problem with economic man is, he doesn’t exist.
Formulated by those who make the rules, the persona of ‘homo economicus’ is used by economists and capitalists to manage the social world through the state, business and even the family. We are reminded on a daily basis that this remains the best way to orientate our efforts, and that if we do not, we are failures.
As the debate about the value of work hits the mainstream, economist Peter Fleming offers a sharp, scathing critique of who we are supposed to be in the workplace and beyond, and makes the case for the end of work, debt and the myth of endless accumulation.
Peter Fleming is Professor of Business and Society at Cass Business School, City University London. He researches the changing politics of capitalist employment relations, and has a popular Guardian column on the topic. He has also written for several journals and magazines on the changing relationship between business and society, with special emphasis on new patterns of conflict in the workplace, the evolution of management ideologies and the rise (and fall) of Corporate Social Responsibility. He has extensively studied the causes of organisational corruption in the private and public sectors. Before joining Cass, Peter Fleming held positions at Cambridge University and Queen Mary College, University of London.