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Rosie Collington

Festival of Economics

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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.

Her PhD research develops an account of the state as a producer, and addresses two gaps in knowledge. The first part draws on evolutionary, institutional and Marxian economic theory to analyse how public sector reforms have affected capabilities necessary for steering the green transition. The second part examines green transition capacity as a contested domain of government production. It focuses on Chile and Denmark as two countries that have implemented ambitious national climate laws — in 2022 and 2020, respectively — and explores how they are seeking to build relevant state capacity after decades of reform, which other actors are seeking to shape the implementation (or production) of the climate acts, and how this interacts with structural pressures on the state and their economies.

Co-authored with her PhD supervisor, Mariana Mazzucato, her forthcoming book The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies was published in the UK in February 2023.

Photo credit: Mona Eedra (Copenhagen)

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