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Who Runs the World?

The theatre is wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible toilet in the bar area.
Past event - 2024
14 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
Golden Goose Theatre, 146 Camberwell New Road,
London SE5 0RR
Find out more about how governments and international bodies come together to impact society across the world: from how the International Monetary Fund may induce protest in Sub-Saharan Africa to the surprising ways autocracies function. Join us for an evening of discovery in political science.

Who to Blame: The IMF or Politicians for Inducing Protest in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr M. Rodwan Abouharb ( Associate Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, UCL)
The International Monetary Fund is meant to help governments stabilize their economies during economically turbulent times, but sometimes these programs create protests; why? Research conducted with Dr Bernhard Reinsberg (University of Glasgow) shows that politicians seeking political advantage with these loans concentrate the benefits of these programs to their supporters but punish supporters of the political opposition with the costs of these economic reforms. This leads to protests primarily from opposition supporters who are hurt by how their governments implement austerity and economic reforms agreed upon with the Fund.

Autocrats Can't Always Get What They Want – But if they try sometimes, they just might get what they need

Dr Samer Anabtawi (Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy, UCL)
Were you ever curious about how autocracies run their show? Forget the standard brew of master puppeteers pulling all the strings, as our new book serves up a cocktail of autonomous state institutions with a twist on the functionalist literature. From parliamentary bitters to constitutional cordials, this talk reveals an unconventional recipe of autocratic governance and statecraft that will leave you pondering all sorts of hidden power dynamics.
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