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The Public Philosopher - Why Vote?

LSE and BBC Radio 4 public lecture

Date: Wednesday 30 April 2014 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Michael Sandel

Voter turnout in Britain has been declining – in some recent local elections, barely one in three of those eligible to vote actually voted.  But why should people vote?  Is it our civic duty?  Should we consider making voting compulsory - or perhaps we should pay people to vote? 

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His most recent book is What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. This event will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

This lecture will be broadcast as The Public Philosopher on BBC Radio 4 at 9am and repeated at 9.30pm on Tuesday 20 May 2014.

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