I'm a political theorist interested in judgment and justice, political epistemology, ideologies, democratic transitions and the critique of capitalism. I draw on history of ideas and political sociology to produce (hopefully) politically salient and critical analysis of modern societies. I'm a tenured Associate Professor of Political and Social Theory at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies.
Capitalism is not on its deathbed, utopia is not in our future, and revolution is not in the cards. And yet, the time is ripe for radical progressive change.
IWM Monthly lecture Public Lecture
Capitalism on Edge
This event is part of the IWM Monthly lecture series. Once a month public lectures take place on subjects related to the main research interests of the Institute. The purpose of these lectures is to be a window into the Institute’s work. Speakers include Visiting Fellows and international experts.
How Precarity Puts Capitalism on Edge Interview
Mark Blyth and Albena Azmanova explore the roots of economic precarity, the reasons it’s more dangerous and destabilizing than inequality alone, and why addressing it will require mixing tried-and-true economic policies with a radical rethinking of how our economy is structured.
Capitalism on Edge Discussion Interview
The wake of the financial crisis has inspired hopes for dramatic change and stirred visions of capitalism’s terminal collapse. Yet capitalism is not on its deathbed, utopia is not in our future, and revolution is not in the cards. In this interview I demonstrate that radical progressive change is still attainable, but it may come from an unexpected direction.
Who Sews Kamala Harris' Clothes? Public Lecture
Feminist Struggles: Individual Emancipation versus Class Liberation
The aesthetics of feminism have never been so trendy! Take the idea that the feminist struggle is one of individual emancipation - in that case, we can be delighted with what we've achieved: Women are conquering top management positions. They are now in the highest positions of politics - we have the first woman of color as the USA's vice president. But are these real victories for the feminist movement that aims for systemic change of society?
Capitalism on Edge Podcast Interview
For Albena Azmanova capitalism is not in crisis, but it is on edge—and on the point of radical transformation.
The 21st century has inaugurated a new stage in the life of global capitalism. Neoliberalism has been replaced by a yet darker entity, the ‘precarity capitalism’, marked by the massive spread of insecurity for the 99 per cent: for rich and poor, men and women, the well-educated and the poorly skilled, insiders and newcomers. This, creates an unprecedented opportunity for victorious radical politics.