April 10, 2024


Profit and Power

An event with Brett Christophers, Kyle Chan, Melanie Brusseler, and Robinson Meyer.

On April 23, 2024, join us for a discussion on profits, prices, and the green energy transition, on the occasion of Brett Christophers’s new book The Price Is Wrong, featuring: Register here.

April 5, 2024


Two Discussions in São Paulo

Inaugurating PW’s expansion in Latin America with Minister of Finance Fernando Haddad and historian Adam Tooze

To inaugurate the editorial and geographic expansion of PW’s work in Latin America, we hosted two panel discussions looking at Brazil’s position within the global system and the near-term prospects and obstacles for transformative economic policy in the country. Panel…

June 2, 2023


Varieties of Derisking

A panel discussion on industrial policy, state capacity, macrofinance, and the green transition

On Tuesday June 6, Phenomenal World and the Polycrisis hosted a discussion on industrial policy, state capacity, macrofinance, and the green transition. Watch the full recording of the event here. The discussion featured: Skanda Amarnath (Employ America), Melanie Brusseler (Common…

January 12, 2023


Phenomenal World Books is a new publishing collaboration from Phenomenal World and The University of Chicago Press. The series seeks to elevate the political-economic investigations necessary to understanding the social world. Aimed at cohering a resurgent disciplinary alliance of economics…

December 1, 2022


Money and the Climate Crisis

A discussion on COP27 and financing the green transition

In November, Phenomenal World hosted the second event of The Polycrisis, tackling the challenges of financing the green transition. The event begins with the major takeaways from COP27 and discusses plans for global coordination—in particular, the Bridgetown Initiative spearheaded by…

November 21, 2022


The Meddlers

A discussion on the origins of global economic governance

In November 2022, Phenomenal World hosted a panel discussion on Jamie Martin's new book The Meddlers. The text examines the origins of global economic governance following the First World War, looking at institutions such as the League of Nations and…

October 5, 2022


The Geopolitics of Stuff

The inaugural event of The Polycrisis

“Today, the double whammy of virus and war has brought the world economy of physical goods back with a vengeance. The postmodern myth of lightweight digital exchange has slammed into the reality of semiconductors, shipping liners, and energy shortages” - Lee…

July 1, 2022


Resource Nationalism & Decarbonization

An event with Thea Riofrancos, Miguel Ángel Marmolejo Cervantes, & Martín Obaya

From Mexico to the Southern Cone, a renewed wave of left-wing electoral victories has yielded comparisons to the “pink tide” of the late-1990s and early-2000s. Where that turn took place in the context of a global commodity boom, these recent…

June 22, 2022


Growth & Stagnation

A book launch event for Diminishing Returns

Diminishing Returns, edited by Mark Blyth, Jonas Puntusson, and Lucio Baccaro, is a new volume that examines the politics of growth regimes. In June 2022, Phenomenal World hosted the book's launch event, featuring the editors along with Oddny Helgadottir and…

May 20, 2022


The IMF & the Legacy of Bretton Woods

An event with Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima , Mona Ali, Richard Kozul-Wright, Chris Marsh, and Lara Merling

Fifty years on from the collapse of the Bretton Woods system, the role of the international monetary system and international financial institutions in managing the global economy are in question.

April 8, 2022


Economic War & the Commodity Shock

An event with Javier Blas and Nicholas Mulder on the Russia sanctions

The war in Ukraine has unleashed both geopolitical and economic strife, and nowhere is the latter clearer than in the volatile commodities market. Commodities prices have fluctuated wildly since the Russian invasion began and the US-led coalition retaliated with extraordinary…

July 27, 2021


The Future of Social Democracy

A discussion with Stephanie Mudge, Adam Przeworski, Wolfgang Streeck, and Waltraud Schelkle

In July, Phenomenal World hosted a discussion on the past, present, and future of social democracy inspired by our first book project: Market Economy, Market Society: Interviews and Essays on the Decline of European Social Democracy. The conversation featured Stephanie…

May 21, 2021


Investment & Decarbonization

A roundtable on investing in the green transition

In March 2021, the Biden administration announced the $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, with approximately half of the sum dedicated to fighting the climate crisis. Many, however, argued that the legislation falls dramatically short of the amount required to usher in…

April 23, 2021


The Bonds of Inequality

A roundtable on the new book by Destin Jenkins.

In April 2021, Phenomenal World hosted Destin Jenkins for a virtual event on his new book, The Bonds of Inequality. Speakers also included Melinda Cooper, Sarah Quinn, Peter James Hudson, Yakov Feygin, and David Stein, and the discussion was moderated by…

January 22, 2021


Party Politics & Social Policy

An event on social policy and the Workers' Party in Brazil.

According to Brazilian economist Lena Lavinas, social policy under President Lula promoted a logic of financialization and market incorporation, ultimately contributing to mass indebtedness in the Brazilian population. André Singer sees this period of social policy expansion as an attempt…

November 9, 2020


Global Power in the North-Atlantic Financial System

A panel moderated by Adam Tooze.

In November 2020, JFI and Phenomenal World hosted a panel moderated by Adam Tooze and featuring: Yakov Feygin Daniela Gabor Dominik Leusder Carla Norrlof Elham Saeidinezhad Waltraud Schelkle Herman Mark Schwartz View a recording of the event here.

August 13, 2020


Geoeconomics & the Balance of Payments

A panel on the balance of payments during Covid-19.

In August 2020, JFI and Phenomenal World hosted a panel initiated and moderated by Adam Tooze that featured Mona Ali, Daniela Gabor, Izabella Kaminska, Matt Klein, JW Mason, Michael Pettis, Brad Setser, Jon Sindreu, Colby Smith, and Nathan Tankus.

May 28, 2020


Trade Wars are Class Wars

A conversation with Adam Tooze, Michael Pettis, and Matthew Klein

In May 2020, Phenomenal World hosted an event featuring Michael Pettis and Matthew Klein in conversation with Adam Tooze. Their discussion centered around the key findings of Pettis and Klein’s recently-released book, Trade Wars are Class Wars. The interview has been…