Predatory capitalism and disrupted institutions

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Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 20 November 2018


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building #8, ANU


Susan Sell, Johan van der Walt, Valerie Braithwaite, Corinne Proske


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Predatory capitalism refers to cultural acceptance of domination and exploitation as normal economic practice. Examples include not only corporate and financial fraud and political corruption that goes unchallenged, but also the undermining of trade unions, the suppression of wages, the promulgation of economic slavery, and wealth creation through imposing debt on vulnerable entities.

Less well scrutinized is how predatory capitalism has disrupted non-economic institutions, particularly cultural, social and democratic institutions. This session deals with cases where predatory capitalism has disrupted such institutions and traditional avenues for countering social inequalities at global, national and local levels.

About the speakers

Susan Sell is a RegNet Professor. She earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of California – Berkeley. She taught at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate School before joining the George Washington University. There, she was a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. She served as Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington from 2007-2012. Susan’s research interests include international political economy, trade, economic development, intellectual property, and investment. She focuses on the global governance of public health, food sovereignty, education and climate change.

Johan van der Walt has done work in the tax regularization space he has a keen interest in the shift from “tax secrecy” to “tax transparency” (e.g. on the back of the Automatic Exchange of Information and country-by-country reporting) and the impact this shift (if sustained) would have on the compliance attitudes of the various participants in the regulatory community. The research will be comparative with reference to Australia (developed economy; good tax compliance) vs. South Africa (developing economy; deeply-divided society with a particular political legacy; small tax base; questionable tax compliance levels).

Valerie Braithwaite is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a disciplinary background in psychology. She has taught in social and clinical psychology programs at undergraduate and graduate level, and has held research appointments in gerontology in the NH&MRC Social Psychiatry Research Unit and in the Administration, Compliance and Governability Project in the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU. In 1988-89, she was Associate Director in the Research School of Social Sciences, from 1989-2005 Director of the Centre for Tax System Integrity, and from 2006-2008 Head of the Regulatory Institutions Network, now RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance, in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

Corinne Proske is General Manager at Good Shepherd Microfinance, a not for profit organization focused on improving the financial wellbeing of people on low incomes, especially women.

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