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Please note: today's 12.30pm lecture In Defense of Globalisation by Professor Jagdish Bhagwati has been moved from the Hong Kong Theatre to the Peacock Theatre.

Globalisation is the most powerful force for social good in the world today. That is the belief Professor Jagdish Bhagwati of Columbia University will be defending at LSE on Tuesday 24 February, in debate with LSE's Professor Richard Sennett.

The lunchtime debate also celebrates the launch of economist Professor Bhagwati's new book In Defense of Globalization (Oxford University Press, 2004).

He argues that when globalisation leads to greater general prosperity in an underdeveloped nation, it reduces child labour and increases literacy (when parents have sufficient income, they send their children to school, not work). He will also show how economic growth, when coupled with the appropriate environmental safeguards, does not necessarily increase pollution.

Jagdish Bhagwati is a University Professor at Columbia University. He has also served as economic policy advisor to the director-general, GATT (1991-1993), as special adviser to the UN on Globalization and as external adviser to the WTO (2002-03). Professor Bhagwati works with several NGOs in the US and India. He is on the Academic Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch (Asia) and has published more than 300 articles and 45 volumes.

Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Cities Programme. The debate will be chaired by LSE's Professor of International Economics, Anthony Venables.

LSE and Columbia University are developing an institutional alliance involving joint research and dual programmes in public policy, environmental studies and other social sciences.   

This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. All tickets for LSE students, staff and the general public have now been allocated.  There will be a returns queue in operation for this event. Shortly before the event starts we will fill any empty seats left by ticket holders with people from the returns queue. The returns queue will be located on the ground floor of Clement House beside the Hong Kong Theatre. Entry is not guaranteed to this event via the returns queue.

The lecture takes place on Tuesday 24 February at 12.30pm in the Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, LSE


Press tickets: All press tickets have now been allocated. To be put on the reserve list, from which vacant seats will be filled, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|. Please note that this does not guarantee entry.

For details of Professor Bhagwati's book and to contact his publishers, please click here| 

Press cuttings

Guardian (24 February)
Globalisation with a human face
LSE event. Economics professor Jagdish Bhagwati argues that globalisation has a positive effect. But he is not a typical rightwing neo-liberal, says Salil Tripathi.

Updated 25 February 2004