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Taking the 'Social' in 'Socialism' Seriously

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Hobhouse Memorial Lecture

Date: Thursday 23 February 2006
Time: 6.30pm
: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Erik Olin Wright
Chair: Professor Richard Sennett

While the word 'social' appears in both socialism and social democracy, generally it is invoked in a loose and ill-defined way. In practice, socialism has generally been understood as a highly statist project of social transformation. This lecture proposes an alternative grounding for the idea of social-ism, one which places 'social empowerment' at the centre of the institution-building agenda.

Professor Erik Olin Wright is Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin.


Socialism as Social Empowerment - Berkeley symposium paper (PDF)

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis. 

For further information email events@lse.ac.uk or phone 020 7955 6043.