CANCELLED The Big Con: Why the Consulting Industry Is Damaging Our Economy Rosie Collington
Unfortunately, due to illness, this event has been cancelled. All bookings will be refunded. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Debunking the myth that consultancies add value to the economy, Rosie Collington explains why the entrenched relationship between the consulting industry and the way business and government are managed needs to change.
In The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies, Mariana Mazzucato and Rosie Collington show that our economy’s reliance on consulting companies stunts innovation, complicates corporate and political accountability and impedes our mission of halting the climate crisis.
In this Festival of Economics event, Rosie Collington will present the concept of the ‘Big Con’, which describes the trick played by the consulting industry in collaboration with governments and firms. Big consultancies create extensive contracts with risk-averse governments and companies focused on prioritising value for shareholders. These networks thrive on the damaging elements of modern capitalism, from the climate crisis to privatisation.
Nevertheless, the myth of the value of consultancies continues to proliferate, with top graduates redirected away from public service into consulting. Mazzucato and Collington have undertaken extensive original research into this field, arguing that we need to recalibrate the role of consultants and rebuild economies and governments that are fit for purpose.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to an unavoidable travel conflict Mariana Mazzucato is no longer able to paticipate in this event.
Buy Mariana Mazzucato and Rosie Collington’s The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies now from Bookshop.org.
Rosie Collington is a political economist and writer, exploring public sector reform, outsourcing, climate governance, and the political economy of the state. Her media writing has been published in the Guardian, the New Statesman and OpenDemocracy, amongst other places. She regularly provides policy advice to think tanks, trade unions, and other (not-for-profit) organisations.
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