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The Global Age: Europe, India, China

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Major debate on challenge of social justice in the era of globalisation


On Monday 9 October, LSE and Policy Network are organising the launch of two new major contributions: Europe in the Global Age|, by Anthony Giddens, and Global Europe, Social Europe|, edited by Anthony Giddens, Patrick Diamond and Roger Liddle. The authors will hold a press briefing in the music room at the Foreign Press Association between 10.30-11.30am.

The launch will then be marked by a public debate, led by the authors, Peter Mandelson and other distinguished experts, discussing the nature of globalisation, the shifting distribution of world power, and their implications for Europe's welfare states. This event will take place at LSE's Peacock Theatre between 6.30-8pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.


Bringing together the research and critical, innovative ideas of renowned European academics in the field of economic and social policy, these two publications present a radical new approach to the ongoing debate about the future of the European Social Model (ESM).

As is widely argued, 'The European Social Model is, or has become, a fundamental part of what Europe stands for.' However, widespread concerns over the future of the ESM are dominated by the perceived negative impacts that globalisation and the opening of world markets has on 'Social Europe'. Rather than succumbing to this sense of gloom, the contributors to these two publications have developed rational and innovative proposals for the continuing relevance of a European commitment to social justice. Whilst the changing nature of global power and economic distribution cannot be ignored or reversed, Europe's welfare states require radical reforms in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Peacock_Panel_102LR

As Anthony Giddens writes: 'We must be prepared to face the paradox that defence of the existing social models may in crucial respects not serve the cause of social justice, while reforms that superficially challenge traditional conceptions of social justice may actually fulfil the long-term interests of social justice more effectively.' As a consequence, 'Europe's common goal should be a developmental, empowering welfare state that tackles the inequalities globalisation exacerbates and equips our citizens for the knowledge-based economy.'

Debating these ideas will be:

  • Peter Mandelson, EU trade commissioner and honorary chair of Policy Network
  • Anthony Giddens, former director of LSE, member of the House of Lords and author of The Third Way (1998) and The New Egalitarianism (2005)
  • Roger Liddle, chief adviser, Bureau of European Policy Advisers of the European Commission, and former special adviser on European affairs to the British Prime Minister
  • Patrick Diamond, director of Policy Network, senior visiting fellow at LSE and former special advisor in the Prime Minister's strategy unit.
  • Katinka Barysch, chief economist, Centre for European Reform
  • Will Hutton, chief executive of the Work Foundation

The Global Age: Europe, India, China is on Monday 9 October 2006 at 6.30pm in the Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street. It is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Public tickets have now all been allocated but click here| for more information


Registration is required for entry to this event. Public tickets have now all been allocated. To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

For more information, please visit www.policy-network.net| or contact Policy Network on 020 7340 2200.


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posted 3 October 2006