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Disque Hall, Room 109, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19135


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Dean's Seminar: Economics and Inequality: Sudanese Policymaking From 1945 Until 1969

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Learn about the exciting research being done by faculty in all departments of the College of Arts and Sciences!


Speaker: Alden Young, PhD
Department: History and Politics, and Africana Studies

Alden Young’s book, “Sudan By the Numbers: The Financial Engineering of Independence,” argues that the nature of inequality was dramatically altered in the decades after World War II. During that time, economics replaced indirect rule as the administrative language of decolonizing states such as Sudan.

By studying economic policymaking between 1945 and 1969, Young proves that governance in Sudan was transformed from the management of a collection of distinct populations—each with its own attributes—to the management of a national economy made up of equal individuals, whose preferences policymakers assumed could be aggregated and even maximized.

In order to understand this transition, it is necessary to study the process by which economics became the governing logic of the state, and to recognize that economics as an administrative logic never traveled alone.

The College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Seminars are free and open to the Drexel community. Light refreshments will be served.

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