A Second Gilded Age?
Historical Parallels, Differences, Lessons
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
9 AM - 5 PM
9 AM - 5 PM
Are we living in a "Second Gilded Age”? Journalists, scholars, and reformers are increasingly using this phrase to describe the political economy which has developed over the last forty years or so, especially since the Great Recession. But historical analogies can have their perils. If we seek both to understand and fight economic inequality today, might this loose comparison obscure, as well as inform?
To answer this question, a host of experts in various disciplines will identify and compare for each period (1) the economic factors driving inequality, (2) the political factors which created or exacerbated those dynamics, and (3) the effectiveness of various policies in leveling those inequities, as well as the social movements or electoral coalitions that may be required to enact them. Participants include: Steve Fraser, Janet Gornick, Suresh Naidu, Paul Krugman, Devin Fergus, Rosanne Currarino, Julia Ott, Kimberley S. Johnson, Thomas Ferguson, Kay Schlozman, Kim Phillips-Fein, Jeffrey Broxmeyer, Joshua B. Freeman,
K. Sabeel Rahman, Elizabeth Clemens, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Joseph Stiglitz.
This daylong conference is a joint venture, hosted in partnership with the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, co-sponsored by the history departments at The Graduate Center and George Mason University, and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University, and presented with The Stone Center on Socioeconomic Inequality and The Society for History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.