The New Enlightenment: Reshaping Capitalism & the Global Order in a Neo-Mercantilist World was the first major international scholarly event to be held at Adam Smith’s historic home, the Panmure House.
Hosted by Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, this gathering of scholars, policymakers, business leaders, and thought leaders gave us a chance to reflect on what Smith saw as the moral and political foundation of capitalism, where economic theory and policy have gone in the intervening 250 years, and what we need to do for democracy, society, and the economy to thrive over the next 250 years.
An ancillary purpose of the event was to contemplate how Panmure House might be used in the future as the focus of further debate and discussion. Edinburgh Business School is eager for ideas on how this magnificently restored asset can play a key role in the intellectual life of an open liberal and moral society.
The event took place in Edinburgh on July 1–2, 2019.