Unprecedented?: How Covid-19 Revealed the Politics of Our Economy is co-authored with three colleagues at Goldsmiths, and was published in April 2022 by Goldsmiths Press.

Read an extract: ‘The Rise of “rentier nationalism”‘The New Statesman


“A powerful and persuasive examination of how Covid-19 both illuminated and compounded the vast debts—monetary and non-monetary, sovereign and interpersonal—underpinning contemporary capitalism, and of the staggering inequalities associated with the establishment and repayment of those debts. The political nature of “the economy” has rarely been as clear.”

Brett Christophers, author of Rentier Capitalism

Unprecedented? asks uncommon questions about the Covid-19 global pandemic. How did the pandemic perform crisis? And how does a particular political economy produce crisis for some but not for others? By stepping back from habitual assumptions about the nature of crisis, the authors shed light on our contemporary political economy. They provide real insight into how the Covid-19 pandemic is an extraordinary event that was nonetheless shaped by all-too-common political decisions and policies.”

Janet Roitman author of Anti-crisis

“These authors argue that the COVID crisis revealed a British economy dependent upon the generation and redistribution of rents that were protected by the elasticity of the public balance sheet and strengthened by the capacity of the informal care sector to absorb shocks. Once both of these “deep wells” of support of the formal market-economy’ are exposed, a very different picture of the UK economy, and who benefits from it, emerges.”

Mark Blyth author of Austerity and co-author of Angrynomics

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