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Niall Ferguson – The Politics of Catastrophe

Niall Ferguson in conversation with Matthew d'Ancona

59 mins watch time

Posted May 2021

Politics

Disasters are by their very nature hard to predict. Pandemics, like earthquakes, wildfires, financial crises and wars, are not normally distributed; there is no cycle of history to help us anticipate the next catastrophe. Yet the responses of a number of developed countries to a new pathogen from China were badly bungled. Why? Drawing from multiple disciplines, including history, economics, public health and network science, Niall Ferguson presents a global post mortem of the plague year.