Global Governance Institute


Elements of a Theory of Global Politics: From the Holocaust to the Present Day - Prof David Held

31 October 2017, 6:15 pm–7:30 pm

David Held

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Drayton House B20 Jevons LT, 30 GORDON STREET, LONDON, WC1H 0AX

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.

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 Covenant (2004), Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture (1999), and Democracy and the Global Order: From the Modern State to Cosmopolitan Governance (1995). His main research interests include the study of globalisation, changing forms of democracy and the prospects of regional and global governance. He is a Director of Polity Press, which he co-founded in 1984, and General Editor of Global Policy.

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