04/15/2019 - 6:15pm

Monday, April 15th



Professor Vittorio Valli will be in conversation with Professor Sanjay Reddy about his perspective on the evolution of the American economy since the end of the 19th century to the present and its implications for understanding the dilemmas facing the United States in the moment of Trump.  

In his book, The American Economy from Roosevelt to Trump, Professor Valli offers a unifying interpretation of the transformation of the US economy from the end of the nineteenth century to the Trump administration. Valli maps three stages in this period of US economic history: first, the economic and demographic consequences of the frontier; second, the Fordist mass-production and consumption centered model of growth; and third, the attempt to build an economic empire through economic and financial globalization, military and political power and rapid technological progress. The economic policies of the Trump administration are interpreted as a response to a growing crisis within this ‘imperial’ phase of US economic history.

Examining pivotal moments from the Wall Street Crash and the World Wars to the recent Great Recession, Obamacare and Trump's electoral promises and first controversial decisions, this book is essential reading for all those interested in American economic power and its future.

Professor Valli is Emeritus Professor at the University of Turin and has taught at Bocconi University and at the University of Padua, all in Italy. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Kyoto, Japan; Seoul National University, South Korea; University of Nice, France; and Visiting Scholar at Brown University and the University of California (Berkeley), USA. He was the first President of the Italian Association for the Study of Comparative Economic Systems and the European Association of Comparative Economic Studies. He was also co-editor of the European Journal of Comparative Economics.

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