Inside the Lives of the 1% – How Power and Inequality Operate in Britain

Inaugural lecture by Prof Aeron Davis, Co-Director of PERC
5.30-7.30pm, 26th January

Over two decades Aeron Davis has interviewed some 350 elite subjects from the worlds of business, finance, politics and media: from Nigel Lawson to Jeremy Corbyn, Peter Oborne to Polly Toynbee, Martin Sorrell to Charlie Mayfield. He has simply asked them about their daily working lives, about how and why they do what they do. In this talk, he presents a mix of personal anecdotes and more generalised findings to explain how our leaders have become increasingly detached from their publics. He discusses these tendencies through four themes: the insularity of elite cultures; professionalism and precariousness in public life; risk-reward structures at the top, and; the mundane numbers game of leadership. In each of these discussions he explains how Britain’s leaders in their working lives, sustain power and contribute to inequality, social and political sclerosis.

In the Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre in Goldsmiths, University of London

Refreshments will be served in the Foyer of the Whitehead Building.

Free event – all welcome – but please register your attendance on the Eventbrite link below so that we may know numbers for catering purposes.