What can the state do to address inequality and fairness issues? What are some of the more targeted solutions for addressing inequality, and how do they compare to broader policies, such as Basic Income? What are some of the ethical and philosophical concerns around these policies? What does this all mean for the future of work?

A panel discussion with:
Mr Eric Beinhocker, Executive Director, INET Oxford
Dr Geraldine Buckingham, Global Head of Corporate Strategy, BlackRock
Dr Donald Kaberuka, Co-Chair, Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development
Mr Tarek Mansour, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Professor Jonathan Wolff, Blavatnik Professor of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government (Chair)

This discussion is part of the Challenges of Government Conference 2017 at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.


Politics across the world is in tumult. A new populism has emerged from both left and right. Globalisation is under attack. Across every continent, electorates have lost patience with the establishment elites who have traditionally run countries and international institutions. The ‘left behind’ are stepping forward. This year, the Blavatnik School of Government’s annual Challenges of Government Conference focuses on this revolution: the breakdown in trust, the reasons behind it, and what an effective response might look like. Those taking part include global leaders and practitioners who are striving daily to address the crisis, as well as leading academics who will set out their latest cutting-edge ideas.