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PowerBreakfast Series

The series examines the underlying forces that are causing shifts in global power structures.

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

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6th April 2020

Longterm consequences of COVID-19

Speakers: Beata Javorcik & John van Reenen

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25th March 2020

Managing Crisis in the Eurozone: what the past tells us about the present

Speaker: Olli Rehn & Vince Cable

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Joseph Stiglitz

5th December 2019

Recreating shared prosperity in an Age of Discontent

Speakers: Joseph E Stiglitz and Tim Besley

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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


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22nd May 2019

How reform worked in China

Speakers: Yingyi Qian and Keyu Jin

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3rd April 2019

China in the AI World

Speakers: Long Chen and Christopher Pissarides

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13th March 2019

New framework for saving democracies: the Third Pillar

Speakers: Raghuram Rajan and Nava Ashraf

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 27th February 2019

Shifting grounds: globalisation, robotics and the upheaval of networks

Speakers: Richard Baldwin and Riccardo Crescenzi

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26th February 2019

Believe it or not: financial instability and economic risk

Speakers: Andrei Shleifer and Charles Goodhart

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21th November 2018

Where is the €uro going?

Speaker: Thomas Wieser

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14th November 2018

Can the Middle East reform?

Speakers: Masood Ahmed and Steffen Hertog

Same bed, different dreams

16th October 2018

Same bed, different dreams?

Speakers: George Magnus and Ron Anderson

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19th June 2018

EuroTragedy: a drama in nine acts (and counting)

Speakers: Ashoka Mody and Francesco Caselli

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17th May 2018

Russia: stagnation or reform?

Speakers: Oksana Antonenko and Sergei Guriev

Mind the MIT

14th March 2018

Mind the Middle Income Trap!

Speakers: Riccardo Crescenzi and Sergei Guriev

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Politics and central banking - reflections by YV Reddy

28th February 2018

Politics and central banking - reflections by YV Reddy

Speakers: YV Reddy and Maitreesh Ghatak


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30th January 2018

China's Guaranteed Bubble and its Global Implications

Speaker: Ning Zhu

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7th December 2017

The Great Reversal - demographics driving global trends

Speakers: Charles Goodhart and Manoj Pradhan

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Global Leadership

18th October 2017

Global Leadership – by default or by design? 

Speakers: Richard McGregor and Michael Mastanduno.

Reforming global finance governance

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.


30th January 2017,

Saudi Arabia's Modernisation/Once and Future Kingdom

Speakers: Stephen W. Coll and Steffen Hertog

Read Stefan Hertog’s blog on the subject.


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