Call for Abstracts- Rethinking the state in the 21st century – UCL APRIL 23

Call for Abstracts

Countries around the world are increasingly facing societal challenges, such as growing inequality,
climate change, and aging populations. Contemporary challenges require the existence of 21st century
States acting as a crucial partner for innovation and structural change. Mission-oriented policies have
the power to steer economic growth towards a more sustainable and innovation-friendly paradigm. The
21st century State should be about co-creating and co-shaping markets, rather simply fixing them. This
would require thinking about the capabilities of the public sector, and how to evaluate the economic and
social role of the State in a dynamic way, outside of the narrow focus of cost-benefit analysis.
This proposed YSI event, to be hosted at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, has the
purpose of rethinking the economic role of the State in 21st-century capitalism. Keynote speeches will
be given by leading global academics and policymakers in the fields of economics of innovation,
industrial policy, macroeconomic policy and economic sociology. Confirmed speakers include: Mariana
Mazzucato, Carlota Perez, Bill Janeway and more.

Young scholars are invited to submit their papers, according to four different areas:
1) Redefining and evaluating the public sector
2) Creating public value and public purpose
3) Assessing and delivering mission-oriented policies
4) Public ownership of banks and enterprises

Accepted presenters will have the opportunity to present research findings to prominent researchers in
the field who act as mentors to young scholars in the session. There are limited travel and
accommodation funding based on individual applications.

Please submit your abstract here: By 12 noon GMT, March 15th
, 2019, specifying which theme you are applying to. If you have further questions, please contact organisers at:
Besiana Balla ([email protected]) or Tue Anh Nguyen ([email protected])

Organising Team
Besiana Balla and Tue Anh Nguyen (YSI)
Simone Gasperini and Laurie Macfarlane (UCL IIPP)