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The State and the New Geography of Power

What has been the impact of globalisation and new digital technologies on nation states?

Professor Saskia Sassen, LSE Centennial Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment, and Professor of Sociology at Chicago University, considers the relationship between power, states and policy-making in a public lecture at LSE on Tuesday 25 January.

Professor Sassen argues that certain components of states have actually gained power, such as ministries of finance and central banks. But this entails a de-nationalising of national policy making.

Further, she shows how privatised forms of power are also growing and bring with them a new 'normativity' as well as the privatisation of norm-making capacities that used to be in the public domain.

Finally Professor Sassen will examine the development of private digital space and of the internet and discuss the implications for sovereignty and the state's capacity to regulate these domains.

This lecture, presented by the British Journal of Sociology (BJS) together with the LSE Department of Geography and Environment and LSE Cities Programme, is also the first of the BJS Millennial Lecture series accompanying the journal's special issue Sociology Facing the New Millennium.  For a copy of the journal, please contact Jacquie Gauntlett on 020 7955 7283.

The lecture, part of the LSE's free public lecture series, will take place in the Old Theatre, LSE, Houghton Street, London at 6pm.

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Note to Editors

If you wish to attend this lecture please contact the Press Office on 020 7955 7060.

19 January 2000

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