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Professor Lord Giddens to lecture on Egalitarianism: old and new

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Professor Lord Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), will give the first in a series of Ralph Miliband Lectures on inequalities, dimensions and challenges on Thursday 7 October at the LSE. He will speak on Egalitarianism: old and new.

He will reassess the traditional approaches to inequality and its consequences of which traditional conceptions of egalitarianism are of limited value today. These need to be recast, if governments are to be able to maintain the twin objectives of prosperity and social justice.

Professor David Held will chair this lecture.

Egalitarianism: old and new is on Thursday 7 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. It is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Tickets for this event have now all been allocated. 


  • Members of the public: Tickets for this event have now all been allocated. A returns queue will be in operation on the night. Click here for more details. 
  • Members of the press: To reserve a press seat, please contact Zora Laattoe, LSE , on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk 


This event is part of a series of Ralph Miliband Lectures: inequalities, dimensions and challenges. The series continues with:

  • Inequality and the State, on Thursday 21 October at LSE, which will be given by Professor John Hills, LSE.
  • Inequality and the Welfare State in Europe, on Thursday 2 December at LSE. Speaker: Professor Gosta Esping-Anderson. 

Professor Lord Giddens is a former director of the LSE and emeritus professor of sociology. He is one of the most widely cited contemporary sociologists in the world, and the author or editor of more than thirty books, many of which have been translated into over thirty languages. Several of his books have become academic best-sellers, and his first work, Capitalism and the Modern Society Theory, has been continuously in print for over three decades.

Press cuttings

Epolitix.com (8 October 04)
Labour accused on inequality failures

BBC News Online (8 October 04)
Poverty drive is too scattergun Labour needs a new vision on tackling inequality because its current approach is too 'scattergun', Lord Anthony Giddens has said at LSE.

10 September 2004