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18:15 - 19:30 31 October 2017

Elements of a Theory of Global Politics: From the Holocaust to the Present Day


B20 Jevons LT | Drayton House (link Map)
30 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AN | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Prof David Held, Durham University, David Held is Master of University College, Durham and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Durham University. Among his most recent publications are Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation is Failing (2013), Cosmopolitanism: Ideals and Realities (2010), Globalisation/Anti-Globalisation (2007), Models of Democracy (2006), Global Transformations (1999). He is a Director of Polity Press, and General Editor of Global Policy.

The issues that increasingly dominate the 21 century cannot be solved by any single country, no matter how powerful. To manage the global economy, prevent runaway environmental destruction, reign-in nuclear proliferation, or confront other global challenges, we must cooperate. But our tools for global policy making - chiefly state-to-state negotiations over treaties and international institutions - have broken down. The result is gridlock. This lecture will explore the dynamics of gridlock and will ask whether we can find any pathways through it for policy reform and breakthroughs in managing global challenges.


Monica Barbone
+44 (0) 2031089289 | m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk