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The Wolf at the Door: The Menace of Economic Insecurity and How to Fight It

Friday, June 5, 2020

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.


June 5th, 2020 8:00-9:30AM (EST)
June 5th, 2020 8:00-9:30PM (Beijing Time)

Participating Format

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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

In America, whether on the right or the left, there’s a sense of being in an age of crisis. But a crisis of what? And how do we get out of it? Americans care less about inequality than about their own insecurity. They are concerned about losing what they have, whether jobs, status, or safe communities. They fear the wolf at the door. In The Wolf at the Door, Professor Ian Shapiro focuses on what really worries people: not what the rich are making but rather their own insecurity and that of people close to them. The solution is not protectionism or class warfare, but a return to the hard work of building coalitions around realistic goals and pursuing them doggedly through the political system.

On June 5, Professor Shapiro will discuss the problem that economic insecurity poses for millions of Americans and offers concrete policy solutions to address it, proposing realistic policies and strategies to make lives and communities more secure.

The Speaker


Ian Shapiro
Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He has written widely and influentially on democracy, justice, and the methods of social inquiry. A native of South Africa, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004. Shapiro also served as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies from 2004-2019.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Shapiro is a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Keio University in Tokyo, and Nuffield College, Oxford.

His most recent books are Politics Against Domination (Harvard University Press, 2016), Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself (Yale University Press, 2018) with Frances Rosenbluth, and The Wolf at the Door: The Menace of Economic Insecurity and How to Fight It (Harvard University Press, 2020) with Michael Graetz. His current research concerns the relations between democracy and the distribution of income and wealth.

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

This event is hosted by Yale Center Beijing.

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