On Solidarity: The State and the Crisis

On Solidarity

11 March 2012, 11 am
Public Debate

There is something strange and disturbing about the current economic and political crisis in Europe. Democratic institutions are more transparent than ever but at the same time less trusted than ever. Democratic elites are more meritocratic than ever but more resented than ever. Our societies are more open and democratic than ever, but also more ineffective than ever in solving social and economic problems. In the days of the Great Depression, the majority of people lost trust in the market but discovered trust in government. In the 1970s people lost trust in government but regained trust in the market. Today government and the market are equally mistrusted. Why is it that the failure of the market has resulted in a loss of confidence in the state? Will the current crisis bring the state back or will it mark the emergence of a new political consensus where the Right will oppose the welfare state and the Left will oppose the security state but at the end of the day there will be nobody left to bet on the state?

The public debate is organised in parallel with the Conference “On Solidarity VII: The Character of the Public”, where 25 experts from Europe and North America will discuss a number of pressing issues relating to solidarity and the public sphere from a transatlantic perspective.

Alfred Gusenbauer (Former Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Vienna)
Christopher Lauer (Member of the House of Representatives, Pirate Party, Berlin)
Katherine Newman (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
Lilia Shevtsova (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow)
Chair: Ivan Krastev (IWM, Vienna)

Language: English

Tickets for the debate are available at the Burgtheater box office:
Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 2, 1010 Vienna
Phone +43 (0)1 513 15 13

This project is a cooperation of ERSTE Foundation, DER STANDARD, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) and Burgtheater