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Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato

Writing for PS since 2015
50 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Chair of the World Health Organization’s Council on the Economics of Health For All, and a co-chair of the Global Commission on the Economics of Water. She is the author of The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (Penguin Books, 2019), The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (Penguin Books, 2018), Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism (Penguin Books, 2022), and, most recently, The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies (Penguin Random House, 2023).

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  1. For the Common Good
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    For the Common Good

    Jan 27, 2023 Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.

  2. AI in the Common Interest
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    AI in the Common Interest

    Dec 26, 2022 Gabriela Ramos & Mariana Mazzucato call for more robust governance of a sector that can no longer be left to its own devices.

  3. The World Is Still Failing at Pandemic Preparedness and Response
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    The World Is Still Failing at Pandemic Preparedness and Response

    Nov 18, 2022 Mariana Mazzucato & Alan Donnelly worry that health investment is being crowded out despite its centrality to all other development goals.

  4. The Entrepreneurial State Must Lead on Climate Change
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    The Entrepreneurial State Must Lead on Climate Change

    Nov 4, 2022 Mariana Mazzucato explains how governments, and only governments, can accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.

  5. New Missions for Latin America
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    New Missions for Latin America

    Oct 24, 2022 Mariana Mazzucato proposes a new vocabulary and framework for the region’s progressive policymakers.

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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.

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