“In economics, there is Nicholas Grau, who has always been close to the more advanced agendas of the student movement and then of the academy, and the undersecretary is Javiera Petersen, who along with Mariana Mazzucato has worked hard on economics and development,” explained.. Giorgio Jackson Day Wednesday In an interview with the Uruguayan newspaper La DiariaIn an attempt to calculate the solidity of the economic team of the government of Gabriel Borek.
The appointment of the future minister, general secretary of the presidency of the Italian-American academic, says a lot to those who understand the economics of Chile, Uruguay and several other countries, where his ideas about development and the role of the state gained influence. around the world in recent years.
However, this time his mention goes beyond mere indication. Sources from the new administration, consulted, confirmed that they are “in talks” with Mazzucato, who is currently a professor at University College London (UCL), and that It is likely that it will cooperate with the future government, which will have to be settled in the coming weeks. It is very likely that such advice was given through the Department of the Economy, in light of the joint work that Jackson revealed, between Mazzucato and Petersen.
“The left-wing economist with a new story on capitalism,” as the New York Times described it in 2019, has been in the sights of Broad Front leaders for some time. Jackson himself had the opportunity to chat with her online in 2020, In the chapter “Post-Pandemic Situation: Towards a New Development Paradigm”, with which he completed the Atuda Marcha interviews cycle, which he conducted during quarantine.
By then, Jackson had already declared his admiration for the author of “The Entrepreneurial State” and “The Value of Things”, when he met her in 2018 after attending a meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in London.
Since then, the link has persisted that led even the leader of the democratic revolution to assess at the beginning of last year that at the end of his legislative term he would go to the United Kingdom to study in the program taught by the economist. .
The person who sets those plans is Javira Peterson, who is pursuing a Ph.D. at UCL’s Institute for Innovation and General Purpose, which is directed by Mazzucato. The center managed by Mariana is at the forefront of the debate on economic development and public policy. And the issues he put – or put back on the table – are beginning to be central to discussion of the direction of politics around the world. “This affected my decision, but also the staff of great academics who work there,” Petersen said recently.
According to the website of the same British university, the main objective of the future undersecretary for economics in the aforementioned program is “to explore how innovation policies can become growth policies in the global south and, in turn, foster the rethinking and redesign of the development agenda that developing countries need to meet domestic challenges.” and global urgency. All, under the theoretical framework proposed by the Italian-American economist.
Other representatives of the new government, although without such direct contact, also have Mazzucato for reference. Treasury agent. Claudia Sanhosaselected by someone to watch in 2020 in an article in La Segunda. “Mariana has a very particular vision of how countries should develop, using the state as an engine of technological change and innovation”He said at the time.
Carlos Montes, the future housing minister, also praised Mazzucato’s work. “They told me about your conference at ECLAC, so I looked it up on the internet and then read The Entrepreneurial State,” he said at a seminar in 2018, according to Bauta.
It is not uncommon, then, that even before the change of leadership, the new government is making efforts to strengthen relations with the economist, who – in keeping with the ideology of the elected president himself – advocates “a break with the idea that the state has a secondary role in the economy.”
As he pointed out in April last year in an interview with PULSO, Mazzucato believes the state is a “network decentralized,” “as a designer and innovator of markets that serve public purposes. Therefore, it must be a more inclusive and sustainable state.”
This vision allowed him to accumulate extensive experience in multilateral organizations. In fact, only currently As documented on their websiteHe is listed as chair of the WHO’s Health Economics for All Council, a member of the OECD Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on New Growth Narratives, and the United Nations High-Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs. things.
Likewise, collaborating with the Borek administration would never be his first experience advising governments. Matzucato is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers, the President’s Economic Advisory Council of South Africa, the Economic and Social Council of Argentina, the Finova Advisory Committee of Sweden, and the Norwegian Research Council.