LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0

Rethinking Beveridge for the 21st Century

Department related events, hosted by LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0


Monday 19 February 2018

Identity and the Welfare State

6.30pm - 7.30pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Professor Xenia Chryssochoou, Professor Peter Dwyer, David Goodhart, Celestin Okoroji

Chair: Dr Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington.

Bringing together policy and social psychology, this event will consider two challenges to welfare state solidarity.  First, social policy expert Peter Dwyer and social psychologist Celestin Okoroji will present evidence from very different projects looking at the experiences of those receiving benefits in the context of greater demands for compliant behaviours and worsening stereotypes of the ‘welfare recipient’. Second, policy writer David Goodhart and social psychologist Xenia Chryssochoou will offer contrasting perspectives on whether greater diversity in the national population poses a challenge for the sense of collective solidarity needed to sustain the welfare state.


Wednesday 21 February 2018

Is Higher Education Good for You?

7.30 - 8.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Professor Paul Dolan, Lord Willetts

Chair: Professor Julia Black

There is increasing evidence from the UK and the US to show that higher education is associated with less happiness and more inequality. In light of this, Professor of Behavioural Science at LSE Paul Dolan argues that the government should reduce funding to higher education and prioritise early years education instead. Former Minister for Universities David Willetts stands up for the value of a university degree.


Saturday 24 February 2018

What's Love Got to Do With It?

2.00 - 3.00pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Professor Paul Dolan

Loneliness is one of the giant issues we are facing as a society today. Our relationships with other people are fundamental to our wellbeing, but what kinds of relationships make us happy or miserable? How should individuals decide when to ‘make or break’ a relationship? Why is the term love often misunderstood and misconstrued? How do social policies influence people’s relationships, such as by encouraging marriage and discouraging divorce – and how should they, if at all?


Saturday 24 February 2018

Who Belongs? Can we Afford to be Different?

4.30pm - 5.45pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Brett Heasman, Celestin Okoroji, Professor Bev Skeggs, Dr Jana Uher

Chair: Dr Sunil Kumar

There have been significant advances in the rights, recognition and participation of diverse groups of people in the UK over the past 30 years. And yet, people’s backgrounds and characteristics – such as their age, gender, ethnicity, 'abilities' or 'disabilities', and sexual orientation – continue to strongly influence their life experiences, opportunities and prosperity. During an extended period of austerity, the current political climate is characterised by sharp divisions in attitudes to the long-term direction of the country, to the question of 'who belongs?' and to the sustainability of the UK's welfare system – giving rise to the question, ‘Can we afford to be different?’