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Are power and ethics incompatible?

A panel of prominent thinkers from both political and religious backgrounds will take part in a discussion on power and ethics, on Wednesday 8 November at LSE.

Prompted by the publication of Geoff Mulgan's book Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government, this evening of discussion will ask, what, if anything, can be done to raise ethical standards in politics both in the UK and across the world. The panel will ask how we might improve the ethical standards of British and international political systems? What is the relationship between morality and power? Are governments inevitably amoral? And, is the idea of moral progress meaningful?

Participating in the event are:

  • Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence magazine, which is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year. Resurgence has been described by the Guardian newspaper as the 'spiritual and artistic flagship of the green movement'.
  • Geoff Mulgan, the author of Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government, director of the Young Foundation and former Head of Policy at 10 Downing Street.
  • Rabbi Julia Neuberger, who has been a Life Peer since June 2004 for the Liberal Democrats. She was rabbi of the South London Liberal Synagogue from 1977 to 1989 and is president of West Central Liberal Synagogue. She was previously chief executive of The King's Fund (from 1997-2004) and has just been appointed chair of the Commission on the Future of Volunteers.
  • Shirley Williams served as leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords from 2001-2004. Prior to this she was public service professor of elective politics at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

This event is hosted by LSE, the Young Foundation and Resurgence.

Are Power and Ethics Incompatible? is on Wednesday 8 November at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, First Floor, East Building, Houghton Street, LSE, London, WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


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

3 November 2006