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GPPN conference seeks solution to common problems

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Pascal Lamy, director-general of the World Trade Organisation opened the third Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) Conference this month.

Themed Harmonizing Globalization: seeking solutions to common problems, the two day conference took place at Peking University's (PKU) School of Government, Beijing, on behalf of LSE and its three GPPN partners Columbia University (New York), Sciences Po (Paris) and National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

The first day comprised plenary sessions exploring challenging issues about global governance, international financial regulation (chaired by LSE Director Howard Davies), energy and the environment, and global values. The second day involved discussions around topics of particular relevance to public policy education.

The conference also provided an opportunity for the GPPN to announce the creation of the new journal Global Policy, to be edited by LSE Professors David Held and Patrick Dunleavy, with its first edition in 2010.

In parallel to the main conference, a select number of PhD students from LSE, Sciences Po and Peking University participated in a collaborative GPPN-funded research workshop on the theme of Public governance of markets: European and Asian experiences.

At the workshop the students presented papers, discussed the development of public policy, and listened to comments and presentations on how to undertake research by academics from the three institutions, including Professor Mark Thatcher| of LSE's Government Department. Their revised papers will be published on the GPPN website as working papers and also submitted to journals.

During his visit to Beijing, Howard Davies gave several lectures on the current financial crisis and its implications for China to the British Chamber of Commerce and other business groups in Beijing, as well as to the most recent group of Chevening scholars who currently serve as Chinese government officials. He also met with the chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission , Mr Shang Fulin, and the chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, Mr Liu Mingkang, to discuss the current turmoil in global markets. Howard Davies is a member of the International Advisory Committees to both Commissions.

LSE pro-director for research and external relations Professor Sarah Worthington met with Professor Ke Yang, executive vice-president of PKU, and other PKU academics to discuss the wide range of collaborative activities between the two institutions. The Pro-Director also delivered a lecture on the topic of Art, Law and Creativity to a group of LSE alumni.

Professor Worthington said: 'In bringing together about 300 prominent policy academics, practitioners and students from around the world, this Conference was a great success.

'We are especially grateful to Peking University colleagues who kindly hosted it on behalf of LSE and our GPPN partners.

'I am particularly pleased that it has had some very concrete outcomes, such as the launch of a new journal and the publication of PhD student papers. Both the Director and I used this opportunity to interact with LSE alumni and partners in Beijing.'


For further information on this programme or LSE China projects, email Dr Brendan Smith at b.p.smith1@lse.ac.uk|

For further information on LSE partnerships contact Mark Maloney at M.Maloney@lse.ac.uk|

For further details on selected LSE activities in China, visit:

Press Cuttings

China Central Television interviewed Howard Davies, School director, on the international financial crisis http://v.cctv.com/html/jingjibanxiaoshi/2008/10/jingjibanxiaoshi_300_20081022_2.shtml|  (40th minute of the video clip)

He was also interviewed by Bloomberg TV and Caijing Magazine

31 October 2008