2009-2010 lecture series

The Future of Global Capitalism

Summer Terms

29 April: Benjamin J. Cohen · The Coming Global Monetary (Dis) Order

Benjamin J Cohen is Louis G Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

10 May: Mahmood Mamdani  · Lessons of Rwanda and Darfur: Some Questions for Human Rights Activists

Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights.

18 May: Carlota Perez · Full Globalisation as a Positive-Sum Game

Carlota Perez is research associate in CFAP/CERF at the University of Cambridge and professor of technology and development at Tallinn University of Technology.

25 May: Saif al-Islam Alqadhafi · Libya: Past, Present, and Future

Saif al-Islam Alqadhafi is currently Chairman of the Gaddafi International Foundation for Charity and Development based in Tripoli, Libya. He received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in 2009. The topic of his thesis was The Role of Civil Society in the Democratization of Global Governance Institutions: From 'Soft Power' to Collective Decision-Making? He received a Masters Degree in Business from Vienna's IMADEC University in 2000. He graduated with BSc in Engineering from Tripoli's Al Fateh University in 1994.

Lent Term

8 February: Joseph Stiglitz · Free Fall

Joseph Stiglitz is a university professor at Columbia Business School. He won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2001 and is a former chief economist at the World Bank. This lecture celebrates the launch of his new book Freefall: free markets and the sinking of the global economy.

15 February: James Purnell · Renewing the Left's ideology: what should be the principles and goals of the centre-Left today?

18 February: David Goldblatt · This Sporting Planet: Global Sport and Global Capitalism

David Goldblatt is a writer, broadcaster and teacher. He is author of The Ball is Round: a global history of football.

25 February: Ha-Joon Chang · Hamlet Without the Prince of Denmark: how development has disappeared from today's 'development' discourse

Ha-Joon Chang is a reader in the political economy of development at Cambridge University.

12 March: Ashraf Ghani · Reaching for Peace: renewal of statecraft

Ashraf Ghani is currently Chairman of the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE). He was formerly Advisor to the UN Secretary General and Afghanistan's Finance Minister. He recently published Fixing Failed States with Clare Lockhart.

15 March: Jeremy Rifkin · The Empathic Civilization

Jeremy Rifkin is the author of The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis (2010).   He is founder and chairperson of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable, comprised of 100 of the world's leading renewable energy companies, construction companies, architectural firms, real estate companies, IT companies, power and utility companies, and transport and logistics companies. Mr. Rifkin is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania-the world's #1 ranked business school-where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies.

Michaelmas Term

7 October: Special Miliband Event · Keynes and the Crisis of Capitalism

Lord Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick and author of a three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000).  He was made a life peer in 1991, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.

12 October: Justin Yifu Lin · Optimal Financial Structure and Economic Development

Justin Yifu Lin is the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank. Prior to this he served for 15 years as professor and founding director of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University.

21 October: John Gray · The Crisis of Global Capitalism--Ten Years On

John Gray is Emeritus Professor at the LSE, where he was Professor of European Thought from 1998-2007. His most recent books are Gray's Anatomy: Selected Writings and a new edition of False Dawn: Delusions of Global Capitalism.

11 November: Will Hutton · Them and Us: How capitalism without fairness is capitalism without a future

Will Hutton is chief executive of the Work Foundation and is also governor of the LSE. Prior to this, he spent four years as editor-in-chief of The Observer and continues to write a weekly column for the paper.

19 November: Special Miliband Event with Edward Miliband · The Road to Copenhagen: A Global Deal on Climate Change

Edward Miliband is Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

25 November: Slavoj Zizek  · First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: The Double Death of Neoliberalism and the Idea of Communism

Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian Philosopher and cultural critic, is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana.  This lecture launches Mr. Zizek's new book First as Tragedy, Then as Farce.

2 December: Miliband Debate · The Future of Global Capitalism, Convergence or Divergence Across the World

This event brings together Martin Jacques, Professor Michael Cox, and Professor Robert Wade to debate the changing nature and form of modern capitalism and to explore some of the challenges that will confront capitalism in the years ahead. 

Martin Jacques is the author of 'When China Rules the World: the Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World'. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at IDEAS. Michael Cox is professor of international relations and co-director of IDEAS at LSE. Robert Wade is Professor of International Political Economy at LSE.