Why do we blame individuals for economic crises?

Liene Ozoliņa|TEDxRiga

In 2008, the global financial crisis decimated Latvia. As unemployment skyrocketed, the government slashed public funding and raised taxes, while providing relief to the wealthy and large businesses — all without backlash or protest from struggling citizens. Sociologist Liene Ozoliņa examines how Latvian officials convinced their people to accept responsibility for the country’s failing economy — and highlights the rise of similar social policies upholding inequality worldwide.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxRiga, an independent event. TED’s editors chose to feature it for you.


Liene Ozoliņa · Political sociologistLiene Ozoliņa teaches sociology and researches post-socialist politics and culture.

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