The Global system is going through a number of fundamental power shifts. Emerging economies are growing in importance and reasserting themselves politically, leading to increasing multi-polarity and regionalism. Changing demographics are influencing the relative bargaining power of labour in many societies. State capitalism is gaining traction in many parts of the world, while in others there is a diffusion of power away from public institutions to non-state actors. More or less independent central banks are asserting themselves at the expense of other institutions of financial and political governance. Rapidly growing internet-based corporations are growing at the expense of companies in more traditional industries, and so on.
LSE2 Power Breakfasts shed light on these developments using the latest research and policy insights. These are private conversations convened by the LSE Institute of Global Affairs and the London Stock Exchange Group. The format has two speakers - one from inside the LSE and one from the outside - who provide brief introductions to a topic followed by an open discussion among an invited group of senior decision-makers in government and business and leading academics.
LSE2 Power Breakfasts are curated by the Institute of Global Affairs and its Global Policy Lab which aims to engage with emerging and advanced economies on the global policy challenges drawing on LSE faculty.
The discussions are held under Chatham House Rules so that opinions expressed may be reported but not attributed.
Power Breakfast Series
14th October 2019
Development finance for the 21st century
Speakers: Rémy Rioux and Erik Berglof
12th September 2019
Argentina's Latest Crisis - Is this time different?
Speakers: Mario I Blejer and Andres Velasco
21th November 2018
Where is the €uro going?
Speaker: Thomas Wieser
17th May 2018
Russia: stagnation or reform?
Speakers: Oksana Antonenko and Sergei Guriev
18th October 2017
Global Leadership – by default or by design?
Speakers: Richard McGregor and Michael Mastanduno.
3rd October 2017
Fit for Purpose? Reforming Global Financial Governance
Speakers: Jeffrey Sachs and Lord Nicholas Stern.
16th May 2017
Launch of The Global Policy Lab (G-POL)
Speakers: Professor Raghuram Rajan, Lord Adair Turner, Lord Nicholas Stern, Professor Philippe Aghion, Professor Sergei Guriev, Assistant Professor Keyu Jin, Visiting Professor Mario Blejer, Michael Sohlman, Duncan Clark and Professor Erik Berglof.
9th May 2017
The Pathology of Presidential Power
Speakers: Bill Antholis, Director & CEO, Miller Center; Chris Lu, Senior Fellow, Miller Center; David Leblang, Chair, Department of Politics, Miller Center; Peter Trubowitz, LSE US Centre.
3rd April 2017,
Does Greece Need More Official Debt Relief? And if so how much?
Speakers: Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Peterson Institute for International Economics; and Richard Portes, London Business School.
21st March 2017,
Back to the Drawing Board for Europe’s Future
Speakers: Tommaso Nannicini, Luis Garicano, and Marco Buti.
22nd February 2017,
Is the Game Over? Lessons From the Greek Crisis
Speakers: George Papaconstantinou and Ricardo Reis.
8th December 2016,
NATO and Russia in the New World Disorder
Speakers: Hans Blix and Tarak Barkawi
24th November 2016,
Delocalisation: The globalisation of knowledge
Speakers: Richard Baldwin and Gianmarco Ottaviano
8th November 2016,
The Fall of Technocracy
Speakers: Sebastian Mallaby and Charles Goodhart
24th October 2016,
Rich People Poor Countries
Speakers: Caroline Freund and John Sutton
7th September 2016,
Germany and Brexit
Speakers: Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Vince Cable and Simon Hix
June 20th 2016,
Migration, the ins and outs
Speakers: Pete Sutherland, Ruben Andersson and Dominik Hangartner
May 6th 2016,
The Great Power Grab by Central Banks: The evolving central banking mandate and “systemic central banks”
Speakers: Mario Blejer, Ricardo Reis, Peter Sands
April 6th 2016,
The Evolving China Model: Meritocracy or New Autocracy?
Speakers: Daniel Bell and Mayling Birney
March 17th 2016,
Volatility and The Political Economy of Financial Regulation
Speakers: Anat Admati, John Kay, Julia Black, Charles Goodhart
March 10th 2016,
China’s Economic Adjustment
Speakers: Michael Pettis and Keyu Jin
October 1st 2015,
ISIS: If a non-state actor becomes a state
Speakers: Stephen Walt