Can we make accountable societies? Lessons from the Dutch Golden Age and the invention of sustainable finance | University of Oxford

Can we make accountable societies? Lessons from the Dutch Golden Age and the invention of sustainable finance

Speaker
Jacob Soll
Event date
Event time
17:30 - 19:00
Venue
Blavatnik School of Government
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6GG
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Society today has a crisis of confidence in elites. This extends to both public and private finance, which are seen negatively by huge swathes of the population. This talk will show how modern Europe built financial and governmental trust and confidence via a culture of accountability in 16th and 17th Century Holland and Britain. It will ask, is it possible to achieve an accountable society today?