The Future of Western Capitalism. Global Forces and Local Challenges

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC21 Regional and Urban Development (host committee)

Language: English

In the last thirty years capitalism entered a process of radical change:processes of globalization and financialisation coupled with mass migration, demographic transitions and a delegitimized welfare state brought about a steeply increase of inequality or even a polarization between winners and losers, challenging the very nature of citizenship.

The redefinition of the social class structure and the transformation of the existing patterns of social inclusion of individuals and social groups is having a deep impact on society and on the urban fabric.

We propose a round table (AmC) to discuss about these issues starting from the book “The future of western Capitalism. Global challenges and local changes” edited by Andreotti, A.; Benassi, D. Kazepov, Y. including chapters written by cutting edge scholars. This book explores – from different disciplinary perspectives – how western capitalism changes and with what consequences on individuals’ life and communities, paying particular attention to the role of cities. .

By combining theory and empirical analysis and adopting a comparative perspective, scholars contributing to this book provide insights for understanding the dynamics of change and who is winning and who is losing in the urban fabric.

The round table also wants to revisit and reflect upon how  contemporary urban studies developed  and its analytical tools to understand changes. Selected (young) high level discussants will stimulate the editors and some of the contributors  attending the Round Table to address the issues at stake.

Session Organizers:
Alberta ANDREOTTI, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy, Yuri KAZEPOV, Department of Sociology, Austria and David BENASSI, University Milan Bicocca, Italy


    Roundtable A