Global Governance Institute


Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World Order

19 January 2023, 6:15 pm–7:30 pm

Fractured Globe Sculpture

Can the international economic and legal system survive today’s fractured geopolitics? On 19 January 2023, join us for a panel discussion on "Global Discord," a new book by Harvard research fellow and former central banker Paul Tucker.

This event is free.

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Julia Kreienkamp


Room 106
Roberts Building
Torrington Place
United Kingdom

Democracies are facing a drawn-out contest with authoritarian states that is entangling much of public policy with global security issues. In Global Discord, Paul Tucker lays out principles for how democracies can approach relations with China and other illiberal states without sacrificing their deepest political values or recklessly risking their safety.

Book Cover_Global Discord

Combining history, economics, and political and legal philosophy, Tucker offers a new account of international relations. Rejecting intellectual traditions going back to Hobbes, Kant and Grotius, and deploying instead ideas from David Hume, Bernard Williams and modern mechanism-design economists, Tucker describes a new kind of political realism that emphasizes power and interests without sidelining morality. Incentives must be aligned with values if institutions are to endure. The connecting tissue for a system of international cooperation, he argues, should be legitimacy, creating a world of concentric circles in which we cooperate more with those with whom we share the most and whom we fear the least. Avoiding wishful thinking about the security of our way of life, and drawing on three decades as a domestic and international policy maker, Tucker applies the book’s principles to the international monetary order, including the role of the U.S. dollar, trade and investment regimes, and the global financial system. 

The event will feature a discussion with the author and a panel of three speakers: Richard Bellamy (Professor of Political Science at UCL), Jeff King (Professor of Law at UCL) and Juliet Samuel (Columnist at The Telegraph). Copies of the book will be for sale.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is co-hosted with the UCL Department of Political Science as part of the 'Policy & Practice' seminar series. 

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About the Speakers

Paul Tucker

Research Fellow of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School

Paul Tucker, Harvard Kennedy School
Sir Paul Tucker is a Research Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. He is the author of Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World Order (2022) and Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State (2019), both published by Princeton University Press. Until late 2013, he was a central banker and regulator at the Bank of England and Basel, where he chaired some of the groups designing reforms of the international financial system after the Global Financial Crisis. More about Paul Tucker

Richard Bellamy (Discussant)

at UCL Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy

Richard Bellamy is Professor of Political Science in the UCL Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy and a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA). Richard's research combines intellectual history, analytical legal and political philosophy and comparative politics. He has a particular interest in the issue of constitutionalism and democracy, both domestically – especially in the UK, and internationally, especially with regard to the EU. His latest publications include A Republican Europe of States: Cosmopolitanism, Intergovernmentalism and Democracy in the EU Cambridge University Press, 2019; (with Dario Castiglione) From Maastricht to Brexit: Democracy, Constitutionalism and Citizenship in the EU Rowman and Littlefield, 2019; and (with Sandra Kröger and Marta Lorimer) Flexible Europe: Differentiated Integration, Fairness and Democracy Bristol University Press, 2022.

More about Richard Bellamy (Discussant)

Jeff King (Discussant)

at UCL Faculty of Laws

Jeff King is Professor of Law in the UCL Faculty of Laws, a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Oxford, Director of Research at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and general co-editor of the Oxford Compendium of National Legal Responses to Covid-19. Jeff's research interests include UK and comparative public law (including international law), constitutional theory and socio-legal studies. He is particularly interested in the relationship between public law, democracy and social policy. He is currently working on the use and abuse of delegated powers, and on comparative legal responses to Covid-19, and is writing a book on the social dimension of the rule of law. He is also co-editing a Cambridge Handbook of Constitutional Theory with Prof Richard Bellamy, whose publication by Cambridge University Press is expected in 2023.

More about Jeff King (Discussant)

Juliet Samuel (Discussant)

at The Telegraph

Juliet Samuel is a columnist at The Telegraph who covers politics, economics, foreign policy and technology. She previously covered finance and business for The Wall Street Journal and The Times.

More about Juliet Samuel (Discussant)

David Coen (Chair)

at UCL Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy

David Coen is Vice Dean International for the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor of Public Policy at the Department of Political Science, and founding Director of the Global Governance Institute at University College London.

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