Society & Culture

The RSA: meeting 21st century challenges by showcasing ideas, undertaking innovative research and building civic capacity around the world. We encourage public discourse and critical debate by providing platforms for leading experts to share new ideas on contemporary issues, through our public events programme. All of the audio files are recordings of talks in our public events programme.


Citizens’ Wealth

September 22nd, 2016

Episode 438 of 443 episodes

How can it be that more governments are wealthier than ever, and yet fewer citizens enjoy the benefits that such wealth can bring? “Citizens’ wealth” – creating an additional source of revenue by turning states into wealth-owners - is a long-established idea. And yet we are still to see this powerful tool used to its full potential effect, and in the service of ensuring the interests of its rightful beneficiaries – the people. At the RSA, political theorist Angela Cummine outlines what measures are needed to ensure that the management of sovereign funds truly reflects, promotes and protects the interests and values of their citizen-owners.