Past Events


Past Events - 


Movement, Protest and Social Change

19th October 2012

Public Lecture: From Hippy to Hip - Dissent in a Globalised World

Speaker: Dr Kumi Naidoo

'The environmental movement has achieved widespread popularity since its rise in the 1970s. What are the challenges facing civil society leaders today? And what will successful mass mobilisation require in the future?'

Dr Kumi Naidoo is the International Executive Director of Greenpeace. Born in South Africa in 1965, he became involved in South Africa's liberation struggle at the age of 15 when he joined the Helping Hands Youth Organisation (an affiliate of the South African Youth Congress). After the Apartheid government imposed a State of Emergency in 1986, he was arrested numerous times, charged for violating provisions against mass mobilisation and civil disobedience. Police harassement eventually forced him to go underground before fleeing to the UK in 1987. He spent his time in exile at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, earning a doctorate in political sociology.
After Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, Naidoo returned to South Africa to work on the legalisation of the African National Congress. He was founding executive director of the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), whose mandate is to ensure that the traditions of civil society continue to serve the people of South Africa. In addition, he held several leadership positions on a wide range of education, development, and social justice initiatives, including the 1997 National Men’s March against Violence against Women and Children, the adult education NGO sector and as the official spokesperson for the 1994 Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
From 1998 to 2008, he was the Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of Johannesburg-based Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. He has been Global Council co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty since its inception in 2003 and he has also served as a board member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development for 5 years. In July 2012, Kumi received the degree of Doctor Legum (honoris causa) from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.

22nd October 2012

Public Lecture: Participatory Democracy in America's Long New Left

Speaker: Professor Linda Gordon

'Most writing about the American New Left mistakenly refers only to the white student-intellectual movement that coalesced on campuses in the 1960s. This lecture treats the “long New Left,” from civil rights through the white student movement, the anti-Vietnam war movement, the women's liberation movement and the gay liberation movement, taking in also the environmentalism that continued throughout. Within that capacious movement, two related themes dominated: participatory democracy and prefigurative politics—impractical, utopian objectives, yes, but also principles that derive from and continue the core democratic socialist aspirations.'

Linda Gordon is University Professor of the Humanities and Florence Kelley Professor of History, New York University. Her research and writings encompass Russian history, the historical roots of contemporary social policy debates in the US, particularly as they concern gender and family issues, and the work of photographer Dorothy Lange. She has won many awards including Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS, Radcliffe Institute and the New York Public Library¹s Cullman Center fellowships. Her publications include Woman's Body, Woman's Right: The History of Birth Control in America (1976, revised and re-published as The Moral Property of Women in 2002), Heroes of Their Own Lives: The History and Politics of Family Violence (1988), Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare (1994), The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (1999), and Impounded: Dorothea Lange and Japanese Americans in World War II (2006).

A podcast of this lecture is available here.

19th November 2012

Special Miliband Lecture: The Making of Global Capitalism

Speakers: Professors Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

Discussant: Professor Robin Blackburn

Co-sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations

'The all-encompassing embrace of world capitalism at the beginning of the twenty-first century was generally attributed to the superiority of competitive markets. Globalization had appeared to be the natural outcome of this unstoppable process. But today, with global markets roiling and increasingly reliant on state intervention to stay afloat, it has become clear that markets and states aren’t straightforwardly opposing forces.'

This event will discuss ideas in their ground-breaking book, The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of the American Empire, in which Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin demonstrate the intimate relationship between modern capitalism and the American state, including its role as an “informal empire” promoting free trade and capital movements.

Sam Gindin is the former Research Director of the Canadian Autoworkers Union and Packer Visiting Chair in Social Justice at York University. Among his many publications, he is the author (with Greg Albo and Leo Panitch) of In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives. Leo Panitch is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University. Editor of The Socialist Register for 25 years, his many books include Working Class Politics in Crisis, A Different Kind of State, The End of Parliamentary Socialism, and American Empire and The Political Economy of Global Finance. Robin Blackburn is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex and a former editor of New Left Review.

21st November 2012

Public Lecture: How Protest Movements Change America

Speaker: Professor Frances Fox Piven

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology

'Mass protests arise from convulsions deeply rooted in economy and politics, and the mayhem generated by those protests can in turn have a big impact on economy and politics. I will develop this thesis by examining a number of pivotal movements in American history, including the mobs of the revolutionary era, the abolitionists, and the labor, civil rights and feminist movements.'

Frances Fox Piven is distinguished professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research focuses on the development of the welfare state, political movements, urban politics, and electoral politics. Her books include Regulating the Poor (1972, updated 1993), Poor People's Movements (1977), The New Class War (1982, updated 1985), Why Americans Don't Vote (1988), The Mean Season (1987); Labor Parties in Postindustrial Societies (1992); The Breaking of the American Social Compact (1997), Why Americans Still Don't Vote (2000), The War at Home (2004), and Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America (2006).

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the President's Award of the American Public Health Association, and the American Sociological Association's Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, as well as their award for the Public Understanding of Sociology. She is a past president of the American Sociological Association, and past vice-president of the American Political Science Association.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.


27th November 2012

Public Lecture: Social Movements and Social Change

Speaker: Professor Craig Calhoun

'Drawing on his decades of research on social protest, Professor Calhoun will explore the roots of radicalism and the relationship between social movements and social change.'

Craig Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics.

He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council.

Professor Calhoun is an American citizen but has deep connections with the United Kingdom. He took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester. He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes.

He began his student life as an anthropologist and is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors, and, most recently, The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early 19th Century Social Movements.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.


Public Lecture: The Labour Movement and Protest - A Working-Class Politics for the 21st Century

Speaker: Mr Len McCluskey

Date: Tuesday 15th January 2013

Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

The Labour movement has started to put itself once more at the heart of British politics in the wake of the economic crisis, with two huge demonstrations and a massive strike in the last 18 months. But it also needs to link up with social protest in a new way in order to effect change, uniting its traditional strengths with the energy and vision of groups like UK Uncut and Occupy. Unite is seeking to engage with working-class communities and social movements in a new way in order to develop a working-class politics for the 21st century. 

Len McCluskey is the general secretary of Unite the Union.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.


Public Lecture: Women, Protest and the Nature of Female Rebellion

Speaker: Ms Laurie Penny

Date: Tuesday 22nd January 2013

Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

'A talk about women, protest and the nature of female rebellion, when that rebellion must take place on structural as well as personal fronts to be effective. Taking in Pussy Riot and the 2011 uprisings and stretching back to the Paris Commune, a contextual look at how the rage and pride of women is personal, political - and endlessly powerful.'

Laurie Penny is a journalist, blogger and author. She is a columnist and reporter for The Independent and has written for The New Statesman, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon and many other publications.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.

Public Lecture: Democracy and Emotion

Speaker: Professor James Jasper

Date: Tuesday 29th January 2013

Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building'

On those rare occasions when democracy has emerged in history, it has always been granted to certain kinds of people and withheld from others. Emotions have been used to define who is a full citizen, placing - in different ways and in different periods - slaves, women, children, immigrants, and the working class on the wrong side of an age-old contrast between the rational and the emotional.

Their protest movements have always been derided. But what if we view our feelings as ways of processing information, comparing options, and preparing ourselves to respond: as ways of thinking, rather than interferences with thinking? Can a new vision of emotions help us protect, repair, and extend democracy rather than curtailing it? Human dignity, the core of citizenship and democracy, is not simply a political accomplishment, but an emotional one. Social movements are not just about interests, but ways of giving new feelings a voice in politics.'

James Jasper is Professor of Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.

Public Lecture: Can Democracy Be Saved? Participation, Deliberation and Social Movements

Speaker: Professor Donatella della Porta

Date: Tuesday 5th February 2013

Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: New Theatre, East Building

'While liberal democracy is losing trust and legitimacy, social movements of different types call for alternative conceptions of democracy. The lecture will discuss the potential of participatory and deliberative models of democracy for addressing this crisis.'

Donatella della Porta is Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.

Public Lecture: The Democracy Project

Speaker: Professor David Graeber

Discussant: Professor Craig Calhoun

Date: Tuesday 30th April 2013

Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

In this talk about his new book The Democracy Project, Graeber presents a new exploration of anti-capitalist dissent and revealing the alternative political and economic possibilities of our future.

David Graeber is an anthropologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, who has been involved with the Occupy movement, most actively at Wall Street. Craig Calhoun is the director of LSE.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.

Public Lecture: Obama, the Tea Party, and the Future of American Politics

Speaker: Professor Theda Skocpol

Date: Thursday 2nd May 2013

Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

'Barack Obama won a galvanizing victory in 2008 and has now been resoudingly re-elected to a second presidential term. As his first term played out amid the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s, Obama and Democrats achieved some major reforms, but the president also faced skepticism from supporters and fierce opposition from Republicans, who scored sweeping wins in the 2010 midterm election. As Obama's second term gets under way, he continues to pursue an ambitious agenda -- tax changes, immigration reform, gun control, and measures to address climate change. But U.S. politics remains fiercely polarized, Tea Party Republicans continue to obstruct, and fiscal constraints remain tight. How much of his sweeping "New New Deal" will Obama be able to accomplish and consolidate, and how will the ideological and generational conflicts his ascendance has brought to the fore play out in U.S. politics through 2014, 2016, and beyond?'

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University.

 A podcast of this lecture is available here.


The Future of the Left

25th November 2012

Conference: Ralph Miliband and Parliamentary Socialism

Speakers: Tariq Ali, Robin Archer, Robin Blackburn, Hilary Wainwright

A conference to mark the 50th anniversary of Ralph Miliband's first major work, the hugely influential Parliamentary Socialism: A study in the politics of Labour.   The book argues that Labour's belief in the centrality of parliamentary politics often undermined the very social movements that were needed to bring about real change. With protest on the rise, and Labour seeking a new way forward, the conference aims to reassess Miliband's arguments and their contemporary relevance.

Public Lecture: Whatever Happened to Parliamentary Socialism? Taking Ralph Miliband Seriously Today

Speaker: Professor Leo Panitch

What can Ralph Miliband’s arguments tell us about contemporary British politics and the modern Labour Party in a country suffering from greater economic turmoil, social division and unrest than it has seen in decades?

Leo Panitch is Distinguished Research Professor at York University (Canada) and a renowned political economist, Marxist theorist and co-editor of the Socialist Register, who knew Ralph Miliband well. He received his MSc and PhD from LSE in 1968 and 1974, respectively.

A podcast of the lecture given by Professor Leo Panitch is available here.

1st March 2012

Public Lecture: Social Democracy as the Highest Form of Liberalism

Speaker: Professor Colin Crouch

'Reflection on a century of European social democracy reveals its finest triumphs to have been when it has ensured a pluralism and political inclusiveness more extensive than anything that could otherwise be provided in capitalist societies. This essentially liberal achievement, rather than state control, should therefore be seen as its hallmark.

This perspective provides the basis for an optimistic appraisal of social democracy’s future, but also points to inhospitable elements in the current and future social environment that have to be confronted and challenged: growing inequality and corporate political power, the decline of trade unions, and the growing irrelevance of the nation state framework within which social democracy built its citizenship.'

Colin Crouch is Emeritus Professor of Governance and Public Management at the University of Warwick. He has held posts at the European University Institute in Florence, University of Oxford and London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, member of the Academy of Social Sciences, and External Scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for Social Research at Cologne. He is the author of various works on the social structure of European societies, in particular on industrial relations, institutions, local economic development, and challenges of democracy. His most recent book is The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.

14th March 2012

Public Lecture: Has the Future a Left? 

Speaker: Professor Zygmunt Bauman

'Being on the left in times of globalisation and divorce of power and politics. New mechanisms of domination and reproduction of inequality, From society of producers to society of consumers. From proletariat to precariat. From solidarity to oneupmanship. Deficit of trust, crisis of agency, and people on the move.

Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds. He was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and Social Sciences in 1991 and the Theodor W. Adorno Award of the city of Frankfurt in 1998. He has been awarded in 2010, jointly with Alain Touraine, the Príncipe de Asturias PrizePrize for Communication and the Humanities. The University of Leeds launched the The Bauman Institute within its School of Sociology and Social Policy in Bauman's honour in September 2010.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.

25th April 2012

Public Lecture: France at the Crossroads

Speakers: Professor Patrick Le Galès and Professor Philippe Marlière

Wednesday 25th April 2012, 6.30-8pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Do the Presidential elections mark a turning point in the sorry post-crisis fortunes of the left – both in France and beyond?

France gave us the very idea of the left and it has long loomed large in the leftist imagination world-wide. Do the French Presidential elections mark a turning point in the sorry fortunes of the left? Despite apparently propitious circumstances following the global financial crisis, social democrats rule in just a handful of countries. The speakers will debate the effect of recent political developments on the French left and explore their broader significance for left in Europe and beyond.

Patrick Le Galès is a CNRS research professor at the Centre d'études européennes of Sciences Po. Professor Philippe Marlière is Professor of French and European Politics at University College London.

2nd May 2012 

Public Lecture: Toward Economic Feudalism? Inequality, financialization and democracy

Speaker: Professor Richard B. Freeman

Wednesday 2nd May, 6.30-8pm 
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

This lecture contends that the last 3-4 decades' increase in inequality and financialization threatens the success of democratic capitalism. It reviews the changes in income distribution and financialization of economies, with special attention to the US, that make the world increasingly diverge from free market ideals and argues that the economic interests of small groups of “crony capitalists” have come to dominate government responses to the financial crisis and ensuing recession. The danger is not an ever-expanding socialist state, per Hayek's Road to Serfdom, but of a move to economic feudalism, in which a small set of wealthy masters dominate markets and the state and subvert or outsmart efforts to regulate their behavior or rein them in. I explore the way in which modern internet and communication technology and the increases in team-based production, worker participation in firm decision-making and in group incentive pay can restore the influence of the many and create a “shared capitalist” solution.

Richard B. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He directs the National Bureau of Economic Research / Sloan Science Engineering Workforce Projects, and is Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. He received the Mincer Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Society of Labor Economics in 2006. In 2007 he was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics. In 2011, he was appointed Frances Perkins Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science. His recent publications include Can Labor Standards Improve Under Globalization (2004), What Workers Want (2007 2nd edition), What Workers Say: Employee Voice in the Anglo American World (2007), Reforming the Welfare State: Recovery and Beyond in Sweden (2010), and Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options (2010).

A podcast of and the slides from this lecture are available here.

14th May 2012

Public Lecture: The Future of the Left: The Case of the United States

Speaker: Professor Eli Zaretsky

Monday 14th May 2012, 6.30-8pm 
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
'It has often been said that the idea of a left originated in the French Revolution and is distinctively European in that it is connected to socialist parties and social democratic labor unions. In ³The Future of the Left: the Case of the United States² Eli Zaretsky rethinks the idea of a left, by including the case of the United States, with its two party, Presidential system. The US, he argues, not only needs, but has always had a vibrant and powerful left, not so much in every day politics, nor in states of exception but in crises, long-term changes of direction. Zaretsky discusses three such crises: slavery, capitalist industrialization and the present. It needs a left because liberal reforms are inherently ambiguous in their meaning, and the left bends reform toward the telos of equality. The left¹s core relationship, therefore, is toward the liberal tradition, not to the right.'

Eli Zaretsky is Professor of History at the New School for Social Research. His has written on twentieth century cultural history, the theory and history of capitalism (especially its social and cultural dimensions), and the history of the family. His most recent book is Why America Needs a Left: A Historical Argument.

A podcast of this lecture is available here.

22nd May 2012

Public Lecture: Envisioning Real Utopias: Alternatives Within and Beyond Capitalism

David Glass Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Professor Erik Olin Wright

Tuesday 22nd May 2012, 6.30-8pm 
Old  Theatre, Old Building, LSE

'Fifty years ago, in 1962, a group of students drafted what came to be known as the Port Huron Statement, the core manifesto of the Students for a Democratic Society, one of the leading organizations of the student movement in the 1960s in the United States. In the introductory paragraphs they wrote:

“In this is perhaps the outstanding paradox: we ourselves are imbued with urgency, yet the message of our society is that there is no viable alternative to the present…. Beneath the stagnation of those who have closed their minds to the future, is the pervading feeling that there simply are no alternatives, that our times have witnessed the exhaustion not only of Utopias, but of any new departures as well….. The decline of utopia and hope is in fact one of the defining features of social life today.”

The idea of “Real Utopias” is animated by much the same feeling today as expressed by the crafters of the Port Huron statement in 1962: We need a way of thinking about social transformation that simultaneously holds on to our deepest utopian aspirations for a just and humane world and embraces the practical tasks and dilemmas of real-world institution-building and thus makes possible new departures. We need projects for social transformation within capitalism that point us in an emancipatory direction beyond capitalism.'

Erik Olin Wright is Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the current President of the American Sociological Association. He is the author of many books, including Classes, Interrogating Inequality, Class Counts, Deepening Democracy (with Archon Fung), and Envisioning Real Utopias.

A podcast of and the slides from this lecture are available here.

28th May 2012

Public Lecture: The Emerging Left in the “Emerging” World

Speaker: Professor Jayati Ghosh

Monday 28th May 2012, 6.30-8pm 
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE 

'Even as resistance to global capitalism builds up, it tends to be accompanied by gloomy perceptions that grand socialist visions of the future are no longer possible. But there is much more dynamism within the global Left than is often perceived, and there are variegated moves away from tired ideas of all kinds. Various Left movements in different parts of the world increasingly transcend the traditional socialist paradigm, with its emphasis on centralised government control over an undifferentiated mass of workers, to incorporate more explicit emphasis on the rights and concerns of women, ethnic minorities, tribal communities and other marginalised groups, as well as recognition of ecological constraints and the social necessity to respect nature.'

Jayati Ghosh is professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru university, New Delhi, and the executive secretary of International Development Economics Associates (Ideas). She is a regular columnist for several Indian journals and newspapers, and a member of the National Knowledge Commission advising the prime minister of India. She is the author of many books including The Market That Failed: A Decade of Neoliberal Economic Reforms in India (2002), Work and Well-Being in the Age of Finance (2004), and Never Done and Poorly Paid: Women's Work in Globalising India (2009).

A podcast of this lecture is available here.

12th June 2012

Public Lecture: The Past and Future of Social Democracy and the Consequences for Europe

Speaker: Professor Sheri Berman

Tuesday 12th June 2012, 6.30-8pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

'Ralph Miliband believed that socialism should be both revolutionary and practical. This talk will argue that at least one variant of it--social democracy--was and might still be by looking back at the role it played in creating the Europe that is in transition today.

During the 19th and first half of the 20th century Europe was the most turbulent region on earth, convulsed by war, economic crises and social and political conflict. Yet during the second half of the 20th century it was among the most stable, a study in democracy and prosperity. How can we understand this remarkable transformation? The answer lies in the changes that occurred after 1945, among the most important of which was a dramatic shift in the understanding of what it would take to ensure democratic consolidaton in Europe. Across the political spectrum a new understanding of democracy developed in Western Europe one that went beyond what think of today as “electoral” or even “liberal” democracy to what is best understood as “social democracy”—a regime type which entails not merely dramatic changes in political arrangements, but in social and economic ones as well. This talk will explain the background and logic of this "regime type" as well as consider its continuing relevance today.'

Sheri Berman is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. Her research interests include political development, European politics, the history of the left, and comparative political economy. She is the author of The Social Democratic Moment: Ideas and Politics in the Making of Interwar Europe (1998) and The Primacy of Politics. Social Democracy and the Ideological Dynamics of the Twentieth Century (2006).


4 October: Special Ralph Miliband Debate and Book Launch · Capitalism: can it ever be moral?

Larry Elliott is the economics editor of The Guardian. Jon Cruddas is the Member of Parliament for for Dagenham and Rainham. Professor Chandran Kukathas is the Chair of Political Theory in the LSE Department of Government. This event launches Larry Elliott's book Crisis and Recovery: Ethics, Economics and Justice (co-edited with Rowan Williams).

13 October: Ngaire Woods · Expiring of Expanding? International Economic Organizations and the Restructuring of World Power

Ngaire Woods is Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme at University College, Oxford.

2 November: Special Ralph Miliband Lecture and Book Launch · Them and Us: why we need a fair society

Will Hutton is the executive vice-chair of The Work Foundation and senior visiting fellow at LSE Global Governance. This event launches his book Them and Us: Politics, greed and inequality - why we need a fair society.

8 November: Robert Keohane · The Regime Complex for Climate Change

Robert O. Keohane is Professor of International Affairs at Princeton University, and the author of After Hegemony.

1 December: Derek Gregory · War in the Borderlands

Derek Gregory is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, and the author of The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq.


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.


Social Justice, Sustainability, and Global Order

Summer Term

11 May: Special Miliband Event · The Global Financial Crisis Revisited

Will Hutton is chief executive of the Work Foundation and an LSE governor. Martin Wolf is associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times and an honorary graduate of LSE.

29 June: Special Miliband Event · From Crisis to Opportunity: social justice after the recession

Anthony Giddens is professor emeritus of sociology at LSE and former School director.  Andrew Gamble is professor and head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambride.  Diane Perrons is professor of economics and gender studies at the London School of Economics.

Lent Term

28 January: Special Miliband Event · Is Global Democracy Possible?

Daniele Archibugi is professor of innovation, governance and public policy at Birkbeck College. Michael Cox is professor of international relations at LSE. George Monbiot is a bestselling author and a columnist for The Guardian newspaper.

3 March: Special Miliband Event · What Should the Next G20 Meeting Do?

Michael Cox is currently a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he is Co-Director of LSE IDEAS. Will Hutton is executive vice-chair of the Work Foundation. Prior to this, he spent four years as editor-in-chief of The Observer and continues to write a weekly column for the paper. He is also a governor of LSE. Danny Quah is Head of Department and Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

5 March: Special Miliband Event · Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today

Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist and president of the Social Policy Association. She was formerly BBC social affairs editor, columnist and associate editor of the Independent, co-editor of the Washington Monthly and a reporter and feature writer for the Observer. David Walker is a writer, broadcaster and journalist, and editor of Public, The Guardian's monthly magazine for public-sector executives.

19 March:  Social Justice and Sustainability: Arguments from Political Theory

Simon Caney is professor of political theory and fellow and tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford. Paul Kelly is professor of political theory at LSE. Baroness Onora O'Neill chairs the Nuffield Foundation and is professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

1 April: Peter Singer · Changing Values for a Just and Sustainable World

Peter Singer is the Ira W DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Michaelmas Term

13 October: Sir David King  · The Challenge of Climate Change

Sir David King, former chief scientific advisor to the government, is director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.

20 October: Special Miliband Event · The Global Financial Crisis: Will Hutton and Martin Wolf in Conversation with David Held

Will Hutton is Chief Executive of the Work Foundation. Martin Wolf is associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London.

22 October: Lord Anthony Giddens  ·  The Politics of Climate Change

Lord Anthony Giddens is professor emeritus of sociology at the LSE and former school director.

18 November:  Revisiting Marxism: Is Marxism Still Relevant

This event brings together Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor David Harvey, and Professor Leo Panitch to debate the contemporary meaning and relevance of Marx's legacy on the occasion of the republication of The Communist Manifesto, with an introduction by David Harvey. 

1 December: Professor Ian Goldin  ·  Global Shocks, Global Solutions: Meeting 21st Century Challenges

Ian Goldin is Director of the James Martin 21st Century School at Oxford University.  Prior to this, he served as vice president of the World Bank (2003-2006).


Oil, Energy Security and Global Order 

17 October: President Tarja Halonen  ·  Can the Welfare State work in a Globalising World?

Tarja Halonen is the President of the Republic of Finland.

13 November: Lord John Browne  ·  The Past, Present and Future of Oil

Lord John Browne is the former chief executive of the global energy corporation BP and a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

9 January: Professor Michael Klare  ·  Oil, War and Geopolitics - the Struggle over what Remains

Michael Klare is Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College, defence correspondent of The Nation magazine and author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency.

27 February: Lord Professor Nicholas Stern  ·  Climate Change, Energy and the Way Ahead

Lord Nicholas Stern is a newly appointed professor of economics and director of the Asia Research Centre at LSE. He was the Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 2000 to 2003, also acting as economic advisor for the UK Government. 

7 May: Rt Hon David Miliband · Green Peace: Energy, Europe and the Global Order

David Miliband was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in June 2007.

Religion, Secularism and Modernity

13 March: Professor Madhavi Sunder · The New Enlightenment: How Muslim Women are Bringing Religion Out of the Dark Ages

Madhavi Sunder is a professor of law at University of California, Davis, School of Law, and visiting professor at Yale Law School.

6 May: Professor Tariq Modood · Multiculturalism and Secularism

Tariq Moodod is professor of sociology, politics and public policy at Bristol University. His research is concentrated on theory and politics of racism, racial equality, multiculturalism and secularism, with especial reference to British Asian Muslims.

29 May: Professor Veit Bader · What is Wrong with Secularism of all Sorts? Priority for Democracy

Veit Bader holds a chair in sociology, Faculty of Sociology, and in social and political philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, both at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

16 June: Professor Jose Casanova · Western Secularization and Globalization

Jose Casanova is professor of sociology at Georgetown University. His current research focuses on rethinking secularization from a global comparative perspective and the examination of transnational religion, migration, and diversity.


Global Risks and Politics in the 21st Century

Summer Term

8 May:  Mr Jeremy Rifkin · The Hydrogen Economy: Making the Transition to the Third Industrial Revolution and a New Energy Era

Mr. Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC. He is an American economist, writer and an activist who seeks to shape public policy in the United States and globally. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and has engaged in litigation extensively to ensure 'responsible' government policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology related issues. His numerous publications include 2004, The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream; 2002, The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth; 2000, The Age Of Access: The New Culture of Hypercapitalism, Where All of Life Is a Paid-For Experience, Putnam Publishing Group; 1998, The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World.

22 May:  Professor Avner Offer · The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control, Well-Being, and Future Shock

Avner Offer is Chichele Professor of Economic History in the Faculty of History, Oxford University. In his lecture Avner Offer will draw on his recently published book The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain since 1950 (Oxford University Press, 2006).

5 June:  Professors Hilary Rose & Steven Rose · Globalization, Biotechnology and Democracy

Steven Rose is a professor of biology and neurobiology at the Open University and University of London. Rose studied biochemistry at King's College, University of Cambridge and neurobiology at Cambridge and the Institute of Psychiatry. His research focuses on the biological processes involved in memory formation and treatments for Alzheimer's Disease. He writes for The Guardian and is a regular panellist on Radio 4 ethics debates. He is married to Hilary Rose. Hilary Rose held the Gresham professorship for sociology at the Open University. She is a former lecturer at LSE. Together with her husband, they have written and edited a number of books including 'Alas Poor Darwin: arguments against evolutionary psychology'.

Lent Term

!! CANCELLED !! February 5:   Professors Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri · The Collapse of Unilateralism, the Impossibility of Multilateralism, and the Genealogy of Resistance                                                                                                      

Michael Hardt is Associate Professor in the Literature Program at Duke University. Antonio Negri is a moral and political philosopher and former inmate in Rebibbia Prison in Rome. Both are probably best known for their co-aouthorship of Empire (Harvard University Press, 2000) and have recently published Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (2004).

12 February:  Dr Saba Mahmood · Islamist Politics and the Euro-American Left: an impasse?

Saba Mahmood is an anthropologist at UC Berkeley and the author of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject(2005). Professor Mahmood's talk challenges her audience to re-think some of the foundational assumptions about politics, ethics, morality, and democracy at the centre of liberal political thought.

7 March:  Professors Michael Clark & Mary Kaldor · Weapons of Mass Destruction, Terrorism and Human Security: a Debate

Michael Clarke is the director of the Centre for Defence Studies and of the International Policy Institute at King's College. He is senior Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Defence Committee since 1997. Since 2004 he is also member of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Mary Kaldor is Director of the LSE Centre for the Study of Global Governance. She was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament (END), founder and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly, and a member of the International Independent Commission to investigate the Kosovo Crisis.

Winter Term

November 1:  Professor David Held · Reframing Global Governance: apocalypse soon, or reform!

David Held is Graham Wallace Professor of Political Science and co-director of LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance.

November 20:  Sir Professor David King · Climate Change: global solutions for an international problem

Sir David King is chief scientific adviser to the UK government, head of the Office of Science and Technology and professor of chemistry at Cambridge.

December 5:  Professors Tony Barnett & Alan Whiteside ·Governing Disease: lessons from the HIV/AIDS epidemic

Professor Tony Barnett is professorial research fellow in the Development Studies Institute. Alan Whiteside is director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


States and Markets in a Global Age

That year's Ralph Miliband lecture series on 'States and Markets in a Global Age' included the following speakers and lectures:

November 18: Making Globalization more Development-friendlyDani Rodrick, Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Rodrick has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development, and political economy. His research focuses on what constitutes good economic policy and why some governments are better than others in adopting it. Most recently he published 'In Search of the Holy Grail: Policy Convergence, Experimentation, and Economic Performance' (with Sharun Mukand), American Economic Review (March 2005).

January 12: A Critical Debate About the Nature of GlobalisationMartin Wolf, associate editor and chief economics commentator of The Financial Times; Special Professor at the School of Economics, University of Nottingham; and Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University. Mr. Wolf was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism in both 1989 and 1997 and won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize in 1994. He has been a forum fellow at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum since 1999. Martin Wolf is the author of Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004). This lecture will be a controversy with Professor David Held on the form and changing nature of globalization and its impact.

February 8: The Future of the Left and its Economic PolicyRoberto Mangabeira Unger Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Unger is an active participant in Brazilian politics and advisor of world political leaders. His most recent book What Should the Left Propose? will be published January 2006. Previous publications include Knowledge and PoliticsLaw in Modern Society; and What Should Legal Analysis Become? His lecture will discuss the direction for which the Left should stand today in Europe and throughout the world, and which alternative exists for its economic policy. 

March 16: Pathologies of the State and the MarketSteven Lukes, Professor of Sociology at New York University (NYU). Lukes was Centennial Visiting Professor at LSE from 2000-2003. He is the author of numerous books and articles in political and social theory, on subjects such as the concept of power, individualism, the notion of the 'good society', rationality and relativism, Marxism and ethics, and moral conflict and politics. His present academic interests are in varieties of conceptions of power, new forms of liberalism, and the sociology of morality. Major publications include: Multicultural Questions (ed. jointly, 1999), Moral Conflict and Politics (1991), Power (ed.1986).   

March 31: Making the Doha Development Agenda a True Development RoundValentine Sendanyoye-Rugwabiza, Deputy Director General of the WTO. She has extensive work experience in senior government and private sector positions. Over the last three years she has served simultaneously as Rwanda's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, head of delegation to the WTO and ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Switzerland. She was also deputy head of delegation for her country's first Trade Policy Review in 2004. Prior to her current assignment she was adviser at the Council of Economic and Social Affairs in the Office of the Rwandan President in Kigali. In this capacity, she has represented the Government of Rwanda in numerous international conferences. She has been coordinator of the African Group in the WTO. She is one of the two Ambassadors representing the LDCs in the Integrated Framework Working Group and she initiated the Integrated Framework in Rwanda. 

May 3: The "Writing on the Wall": China's rise in the global eraWill Hutton, British writer, weekly columnist (and formerly editor-in-chief) for The Observer currently Chief Executive of The Work Foundation (formerly the Industrial Society). He was nominated Political Journalist of the Year by Granada TV's 'What the Papers Say' for his coverage of the 1992 ERM crisis. His book on Keynesian economics The Revolution That Never Was was published in 1986. Hutton is a member of the governing council of the Policy Studies Institute, the Institute for Political Economy and Charter 88. He is on the editorial board of New Economy and is a governor of LSE.

June 13: Keeping Markets in their Place: markets and morals in a global ageMichael Sandel, Professor of Government at Harvard University, is the author, most recently, of Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics (2005). His other writings include Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (Cambridge University Press, 1982, 2nd edition, 1997; translated into nine foreign languages), Democracy's Discontent (Harvard University Press, 1996). 

2005 Zygmunt Bauman lectures

Melting Modernity

The Ralph Miliband Programme was honoured to host a unique lecture series with Emeritus Professor Zygmunt Bauman. Bauman is variously described as one of the world's foremost sociologists of postmodernity. He is the author of some 25 books; most recent publications are Liquid Life (2005)Identity (2004), Community(2001), and In Search of Politics (1999). The lecture series took place as follows: 

1. The Demons of Open Society, October 20, 2005

'Open' and increasingly defenseless on both sides, nation states lose their might, now evaporating into the global space, and their political acumen and dexterity, now increasingly relegated to the sphere of individual 'life politics' and 'subsidiarised' to the individual men and women. Whatever of the might and politics remains in the charge of the state and its organs, dwindles gradually to a volume sufficient for little more than to furnish a large size police precinct. The reduced state can hardly manage to be anything else than security state.
Having leaked from the society forcefully laid open by the pressure of globalizing forces, power and politics drift ever further in opposite directions. The problem, and the awesome task that will in all probability confront the current century as its paramount challenge, is the imperative to bring power and politics together again.

2. Living in Utopia, October 27, 2005

To be born, utopian dream needed two conditions. First, the overwhelming (even if diffuse and inarticulate) feeling that the world was not functioning properly and had to be attended to and overhauled to set it right. Second, the confidence in human potency to rise to the task, belief that 'we, humans, can do it' - being armed as we are with reason able to spy out what is wrong with the world and find out with what to replace its diseased parts, and with the strength to graft such designs on human reality: in short, the potency to force the world into a shape better fit to the satisfaction of human needs whatever those needs already are or yet may become. With the second condition now by and large missing, utopia shares in the fate of faltering human bind and increasingly individualized and privatized politics.

3. Each Time Unique, November 8, 2005

Ralph Miliband's work and legacy stood for the momentous challenge confronted by the intellectuals of his time (such thinking people as went on believing that the purpose of thought is to make the world better than it found it) and for the ways and means by which they tried to respond to that challenge. The challenge in question was the slow yet relentless decomposition of the 'historical agent', hoped by the intellectuals, mindful of the 'organic' standards set by Antonio Gramsci's code of conduct, to usher, and/or be ushered into a land in which the leap towards liberty, equality and fraternity adumbrated by the thinkers of Enlightenment but later diverted into the capitalist or the communists cul-de-sacs, would finally reach its socialist destination. Must however the hopes and the jobs of emancipation follow the fate of the vanishing 'historical agent'?


Inequalities: dimensions and challenges

The 2004 Ralph Miliband lecture series on Inequalities: dimensions and challenges includes the following speakers and lectures:

Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, formerly Director of LSE and Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books, most recently volumes on the third way and its critics, Egalitarianism: old and new, 7 October 2004.

Professor John Hills, Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion and Professor in Social Policy, Inequality and the State, 21 October 2004.

Professor Gøsta Esping-Andersen, professor and Dean of Social and Political Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Inequality and the Welfare State in Europe, 2 December 2004.

Barbara Ehrenreich and Polly Toynbee.  Polly Toynbee is a political and social commentator for The Guardian. Barbara Ehrenreich is a social critic and a regular columnist for The Progressive. Gender Inequality: old patterns, new challenges, 3 February 2005.

Dr. Branko Milanovic, lead economist at the World Bank and senior associate on a Trade, Equity and Development Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Global Inequality: from the end of World War II to today, 15 February 2005.

Professor Nancy Fraser, Henry A and Louise A Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the Graduate Faculty of New School University and co-editor of Constellations, Re-framing Justice in a Globalising World, 8 March 2005.

Professor Robert Reich, Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Brandeis University, and former US Secretary of Labor, What to Expect from the Second Bush Administration and Why, 22 March 2005.

Professor Thomas W. Pogge, associate professor at Columbia University and professorial research fellow at the Australian National University, and Professor Robert Wade, professor of political economy and development at LSE, Does Inequality Matter?, 26 April 2005.

Professor Richard Sennett, professor of Sociology at LSE and chair of the LSE Cities Programme, Culture and Inequality: a talk about talent, 4 May 2005.


Culture in the Age of Global Communications

The 2004 Ralph Miliband lecture series on Culture in the Age of Global Communications includes the following speakers and lectures:

Professor Henrietta L Moore, professor of social anthropology at LSE: Late Modern Connections: culture, media and globalisation

Professor Manuel Castells, research professor of information society, Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Barcelona, and Wallis Annenberg Chair Professor of Communication Technology and Society at Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles: Politics and Power in the Network Society

Professor Wang Hui, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, China: Problematising Asia: reflections on the re-emergence of the discourse of Asia

Professor Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and professor of international relations at the American University in Washington DC, America: Islam Under Siege: from clash to dialogue of civilisations

Professor Homi K Bhabha, Anne F Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University: A Global Measure: the ethics and aesthetics of immensity

The Ralph Miliband lecture series, which began in 2001 under the title Global Economic Governance, attracted large audiences from within LSE and beyond.


American Power in the 21st Century

The 2003 series 'American Power in the 21st Century' hosted the following speakers:

Professor Michael Mann, professor of sociology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): The Incoherent Empire: why there cannot be an American empire

Professor G John Ikenberry, Peter F Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Global Justice at Georgetown University: America's Unipolar Order: liberal hegemony or revisionist empire?

Professor Joseph Nye, dean of the Kennedy School of Government and analyst of American foreign policy: The Paradox of American Power

Professor Michael Cox, LSE International Relations Department: The New American Empire

Panel discussion - Robert Cooper, director-general for external and politico-military affairs at the Council of the European Union, and Robert Kagan, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Hard or Soft Power? Transatlantic perspectives

Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi, senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, and co-ordinator of the Centre's Project on Democracy in the Muslim World: American Power and its Illusions: the view from down there

Professor Zhiyuan Cui, chairman and professor of the Department of Political Science, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China: The Bush Doctrine and Neoconservatism: a Chinese perspective

Additionally, Ralph Miliband's biography by Michael Newman, Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left (Merlin Press, 2002), was launched as part of the Ralph Miliband Programme in October 2002 at LSE. The panel discussion that introduced the book included Professors Anthony Giddens, Mary Kaldor, and Leo Panitch, as well as Tony Benn and Hilary Wainwright.


Global Economic Governance

The Global Economic Governance lectures included the following speakers and lectures:

The Ralph Miliband lecture series, which began in 2001 under the title Global Economic Governance, attracted large audiences from within LSE and beyond. These lectures have been edited by Professor David Held and Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi and were published in 2003 by Polity Press, under the title Taming Globalization.

Visiting Teaching Fellow

Visiting teaching fellows, whose appointments began in 1997, have included the following speakers:

  • Professor Stuart Hall, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, The Open University; widely published author on culture
  • Professor Perry Anderson, historian and political theorist
  • Professor David Harvey, social and economic geographer
  • Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, writer on the anti-globalisation movement
  • Dr Noreena Hertz, theorist of global corporate behaviour
  • Professor Bob Sutcliffe, Visiting Miliband Fellow at LSE