Globalisation, the neo-liberal economic model that has underpinned it, and an ongoing technological revolution have generated a global class structure superimposed on national class structures. Growing rapidly in most countries, including Australia, this structure includes the mass class of the precariat. A class-in-the-making, it is alienated from mainstream political establishments; it is the new dangerous class. The precariat differs fundamentally from the proletariat, having distinctive relations of production, distribution and relations to the state. Drawing on his trilogy of recent books, in this seminar Professor Standing will reflect on the breakdown of the 20th century income distribution system and also consider what a Precariat Charter for the dangerous class would look like in 2014, the year of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
About the speaker
Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, and was previously Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath. He is a founder and co-President of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an NGO promoting basic income as a right, with members in over 50 countries. Recent books are A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (Bloomsbury, 2014), The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (Bloomsbury, 2011; second edition, 2014), Social Income and Insecurity in Gujarat (Routledge, 2010), Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (Elgar, 2009).
This public lecture is sponsored by RegNet, The Australia Institute and Basic Income Guarantee Australia (BIGA).