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Luca d’Agliano Lecture in Development Economics: Sergei Guriev

27 January 2023 @ 18:00 - 19:30


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27 January 2023
18:00 - 19:30
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Luca d’Agliano Lecture in Development Economics

“Spin Dictators: The New Breed of Tyranny for the Globalized World”


Provost, Sciences Po, Paris

Organized by Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano and Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto.

Abstract. Hitler, Stalin, and Mao ruled through violence, fear, and ideology. But in recent decades a new breed of media-savvy strongmen has been redesigning authoritarian rule for a more sophisticated, globally connected world. In place of overt, mass repression, rulers such as Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Viktor Orbán control their citizens by distorting information and simulating democratic procedures. Like spin doctors in democracies, they spin the news to engineer support. Uncovering this new brand of authoritarianism, we explain the rise of such “spin dictators,” describing why and how they emerge and operate and why they are better fit for the 21st century’s globalized world with cross-border flows of capital, goods, services, ideas and people. We discuss the new threats they pose, and how democracies should respond.

Sergei Guriev joined Sciences Po as a tenured professor of economics in 2013 after serving as the Rector of the New Economic School in Moscow in 2004-13. In 2016-19, he was on leave from Sciences Po serving as the Chief Economist and the Member of the Executive Committee of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In 2022, Sergei Guriev was appointed Sciences Po’s provost.
Professor Guriev’s research interests include political economics, development economics, labor mobility, and contract theory.
Professor Guriev is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association and a Global Member of the Trilateral Commission. He is also a Research Fellow and the Leader of the Research and Policy Network on Populism at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. He is a Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France and an Ordinary Member of Academia Europeae.

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