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Message posted on 08/01/2020

Can Market Solve Problems book launch

Dear colleagues,


In case you are interested, do please come and join us for the launch of our new book ‘Can Markets Solve Problems?’ at 6pm on the 22nd January in Goldsmiths, University of London: https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=13109

The event will be introduced by Will Davies with comments from Noortje Marres and the authors will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

Looking forward to seeing you all there,

Daniel Neyland, Vera Ehrenstein and Sveta Milyaeva.

About the book:

“Competition and markets are often thought of as attractive solutions to public problems. The authors range over cases as diverse as carbon emissions, vaccines and student loans. Refusing easy answers, they provide a vital conceptual toolkit for approaching the issues involved.”

—Donald MacKenzie, Professor of Sociology, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

“How can researchers be better equipped to understand the proliferation of market-based interventions in governance – including the governance of the academic production of knowledge itself? This careful and measured book provides a useful overview of recent developments in market studies as well as a roadmap for navigating market solutionism in the imagination and management of public problems. Essential and even-handed, this is an important guide.”

— Bill Maurer, Professor of Anthropology and Law at the University of California, Irvine

“What could the careful empirical study of "market devices" possibly contribute in the age of seemingly victorious Wild West capitalism? The authors show the way in this timely, carefully argued and lucid book: now that the state's mission to advance the market is widely understood as a contradictory process, we must affirm the ‘ambivalence’ of the market: marketisation has widely divergent effects, and only if we grasp the specifics can we assess its effects, and rediscover the meaning of public problems today.”

— Noortje Marres, Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick

“Falling back on economic solutions when dealing with political problems is certainly not unproblematic. The authors develop an approach that proves decisive for the interpretation of the shifts and quandaries such processes entail in practice.”

—Fabian Muniesa, Senior Researcher at Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Mines ParisTech
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