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Polarisation and Conflict

Societies are typically unequal and such inequalities are potentially causes of social conflict. But it is polarisation and not inequality that is likely to be drive conflict.

Professor Debraj Ray, New York University, gives a public lecture on Polarisation and Conflict on Monday 16 May at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Professor Ray will develop the notion of economic polarisation, a concept related to inequality but conceptually different from it. He will argue that it is polarisation and not inequality that is likely to be connected with conflict.

Debraj Ray is Julius Silver Professor of Economics and director of graduate studies at New York University. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of the Mahalanobis Medal of the Indian Econometric Society and an Indian National Science Academy medal. He is BP visiting professor at LSE for 2004-05.

Professor John Sutton, LSE, will chair this event.

Polarisation and Conflict is on Monday 16 May at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

9 May 2005