Robert Skidelsky’s illuminating insights into politics, economics, and history have been educating audiences and readers for decades. His focus is economic systems, the crises they cause, and their effect on culture, values, and everyday life.
Robert is the author of several highly acclaimed books, and his highly-anticipated newest is written jointly with his son, Edward Skidelsky:
How Much is Enough? The Economics and Philosophy of the Good Life
In this intriguing new book, he confronts an issue prompted by the economic downturn and on everyone’s mind these days:
What is the real value or worth of wealth?
Greed, the quest for hyper growth, big profits, and obscene paydays (for some) have pushed us in the wrong direction, distorting our values, and destroying many of the things that make life worth living.
Robert argues that wealth should not be regarded as an end in itself but a means to the achievement and maintenance of a good and satisfying life. Our lives, our work, and our economy should be organised to reflect this fact.
Robert also recently published a collection of his writings and speeches, The Economic Crisis 2008-2011, on the Great Contraction, the biggest global economic collapse since the Great Depresson.
Other important books by Robert Skidelsky include a prize-winning three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes, which Foreign Affairs called "The definitive study of the most important economist of his time."
Another more recent book addresses the financial crash of 2008 and the economic crisis that ensued:
Keynes: The Return of the Master*
"[O]ffers nervous capitalists a positive answer to the question we now face: When unbridled capitalism falters, is there an alternative?"
— Amazon.com book description
"The book offers clear and cogent critiques of modern macroeconomic thought, along with a brief but useful summary of what went wrong in 2007-2009."
— Foreign Affairs
Active in politics, Robert is a founding member of the Social Democratic Party and and remained in the party till its dissolution in 1992. In 1991, he became chairman of the Social Market Foundation, and the same year was made a life peer. He subsequently joined the Conservatives. He was made Chief Opposition Spokesman in the Lords, first for Culture, then for Treasury Affairs (1997-9), but he was sacked by the then Conservative party leader, William Hague, for publicly opposing NATO's bombing of Kosovo. In 2001, he left the Conservative Party for the cross benches. He has been actively engaged in the fiscal debate following the downturn of 2008.
He writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate, "Against the Current", which is syndicated in newspapers all over the world. He is a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Moscow Times, and many other periodicals around the world.
His speeches and presentations at conferences are high anticipated and appreciated. His recent ones have drawn praise such as the following:
House of Lords debate on the Comprehensive Spending Review:
'Just received and read your brilliant speech for today’s debate.'
— Rt Hon Gordon Brown, 2010
State Street Conference on Global Markets:
'Thank you for presenting at our event last week. The feedback from attendees has been outstanding'
— Jeremy Armitage, Head of Strategy Research, State Street Global Markets, 2010
Irish Trade Union Congress:
'Such an erudite and common sense speaker. A lot of people afterwards said that on the night he explained very difficult concepts in a very clear fashion.'
— Macdara Doyle, Communications Office, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, 2010
Drobny Global Advisers:
'It was great meeting you on Thursday at the Mandarin. Our clients thoroughly enjoyed your talk so it was a great success.'
— Steve Drobny, 2010.
Thomson Reuters Interview:
'I thought you might like to know how well received your interview has been on Reuters Insider. On the day it went live, your interview ranked in the top 20 programmes. The following day, subscribers watching the vireo 'on-demand' took it up well inside the top 10 where it stayed for three successive days. It’s a rarity for something to rank so highly so consistently.'
— Nick Edwards, Economics Editor, Reuters TV.
Robert Skidelsky was made a life peer in 1991 by Queen Elizabeth and is now known as Lord Skidelsky.
- Professor and Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick, 1990 -
- Fellow of the British Academy in both Economics and History Sections, 1994 -
- Council of the Royal Economic Society, 2008 -
- Chairman of the Governors of Brighton College, 2006 -
- Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, 2010 -
- non-executive director, Rusnano Capital, 2010 -
- non-executive director of Janus Capital, 2001-2011
- non-executive director of Sistema JSC,2008-2010
- Chairman of fund board of Wermuth Asset Management, 2005-2009
- Director, Moscow School of Political Studies, 2003 -
- Chairman, Centre for Global Studies, 2005 -
- Member, Advisory Board of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, 2010 -