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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Webinar: The New Corporatism

An online event

Listen to the recording of this event here

IPPR is delighted to invite you to an online conversation exploring the future for 'business as usual', democracy and business and the purpose of profit. This virtual event is following the Spring Issue of IPPR's Progressive Review, The New Corporatism, with speakers including Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary for Northern TUC and Progressive Review contributor.

In the wreckage of the 2009 financial crash, many thought ‘business as usual’ would become immediately unsustainable. The financial sector’s collapse epitomised the failure of big, unregulated business, driven by short-term profit at the expense of the long-term interests of the business, and of society. The impact and anger it precipitated were not limited to those on the margins of society, but spread to savers, the young and people entering the job market. 

More than a decade on from the financial crash, fundamental failings in orthodox theories of the role of business and purpose of profit have become brutally clear. And, at the start of a new decade, growing inequality, a lack of shared prosperity, and a pubic health crisis have further exposed the limits of the status quo. How long can or should this hold?

This event will take place on Wednesday 27th May at 10.00-11.00 (BST). The event will take place online using Zoom, which can be accessed via internet or phone. A link to join the webinar will be shared with you following registration. 

Places are limited, please register for your ticket using the link below.


  • Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary, Northern TUC
  • Chris Thomas, Research Fellow, IPPR

Further speakers to be announced.

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