Last week Mariana Mazzucato of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex delivered the inaugural New Statesman SPERI prize lecture. The new prize, which will be awarded biennially, is given to the scholar who has most successfully disseminated original, critical ideas in political economy to a wide audience. Ha-Joon Chang, Thomas Piketty, Wolfgang Streeck, Anne Wren and Simon Wren-Lewis were shortlisted, though the panel of judges produced a unanimous verdict.
Mazzucato is introduced by Tony Payne, Professor of Political Economy and co-director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, and Faisal Islam, the former Economics Editor of Channel 4 news, now Political Editor at Sky News. You can listen to the lecture in full on the media player below.