How to build a cohesive society

Hosted by the Programme on Cohesive Capitalism

In-person and online public event (Old Theatre, Old Building)


Professor Margaret Levi

Professor Margaret Levi

Professor Marc Stears

Professor Marc Stears

Professor Jonathan Wolff

Professor Jonathan Wolff


Professor Sir Tim Besley

Professor Sir Tim Besley

Tim Besley, School Professor of Economics and Political Science and Director of the Programme on Cohesive Capitalism will chair a discussion looking at how we can overcome social division and create a more cohesive society.

Meet our speakers and chair

Margaret Levi (@margaretlevi) is Professor of Political Science, Senior Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the former Sara Miller McCune Director and current Faculty Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute, and co-director of Ethics, Society and Technology, Stanford University. She is Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. Levi is author or coauthor of numerous articles and books, including Of Rule and RevenueConsent, Dissent, and Patriotism); Analytic NarrativesCooperation Without Trust?; and In the Interest of Others. She serves on several boards and has been a visiting fellow in multiple institutes and universities globally.

Marc Stears (@mds49) is the inaugural Director of the UCL Policy Lab. Marc has previously been Director of the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney, CEO of the New Economics Foundation, Professor of political theory at the University of Oxford and chief speechwriter to the UK Labour Party. He is the author of several books from the world’s leading presses, including Out of the Ordinary. Along with his co-author Tom Baldwin, he has just completed a new book entitled England: Seven Myths that Changed a Nation and How to Set them Straight.

Jonathan Wolff (@JoWolffBSG) is the Alfred Landecker Professor of Values and Public Policy and Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College. He was formerly Blavatnik Chair in Public Policy at the School, and before that Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Arts and Humanities at UCL. He is a political philosopher who works on questions of inequality, disadvantage and social justice. He has a forthcoming book City of Equals co-authored with Avner de-Shalit.

Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Commission. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His main research interests are in political economy and development.

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Established in 1978, the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (@sticerd_lse) carry out research within nine research programmes. It also houses the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and self standing programmes such as Beveridge 2.0 and the Hayek Programme. 

The Programme on Cohesive Capitalism is a major multi-disciplinary initiative to investigate new politico-economic paradigms, institutions and policies that could serve the common interest. Led by Professor Tim Besley, and housed in STICERD and the Department of Economics, it will bring together world-class thinkers in political philosophy and the social sciences to address some of the fundamental questions about the kind of world that we want to create and what is needed to bring it about.

The first event to mark the launch of the Programme on Cohesive Capitalism will take place on 3 June, Alternatives to neoliberalism.

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