Why Greece should default [Audio]
Speaker(s): Alan Beattie | Going back to Philip II of Spain in the 16th century, government debt defaults need not be disastrous as long as they accept the reality of their situation. The main problem with Greece is not the prospect of default but the fact that the eurozone has been in denial about its problems. Alan Beattie is the Financial Times world trade editor, he writes about economics, globalisation and development. Born in Chester, he attended a local comprehensive school before graduat
LSE Summer School 2010 - Contemporary Developments in International Law and the Role of the Internat
Speaker(s): Sir Christopher Greenwood | Sir Christopher Greenwood is a member of the International Court of Justice. Andrew Murray is Reader in Law at the Department of Law at LSE.
The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse [Audio]
Speaker(s): Geoffrey Robertson | Editor's note: This lecture contains sexually explicit language and/or profanity, please do not download if you may be offended. The Case of the Pope delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that has shielded paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world. Is the Pope morally responsible or legally liable under domestic or international law for the negligence that has allowed so many terrible crimes to go unp
Ken Clarke – An interview with Mr Justice Cranston [Audio]
Speaker(s): Kenneth Clarke | As part of the Legal Biographies Project lecture programme Mr Justice Cranston will be interviewing Ken Clarke, QC, MP, Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor about his legal and political career. Kenneth Clarke QC MP was appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 12 May 2010. He was born in 1940 and educated at Nottingham High School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is a barrister-at-law, having been called to the Bar
IGC Growth Week 2010 - Reforming Educational Systems [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Kremer, Professor George Imbanga Godia, Professor Geeta Kingdon, Dr Lansana Nyalley, Professor James Tooley | Michael Kremer discusses issues surrounding reform of education systems in developing countries based on evidence from studies on incentive mechanisms, peer effects and other interventions.
On Writing: High, Low, and everything in Between [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Simon Schama | Simon Schama's latest book a selection of his writings titled Scribble, Scribble, Scribble, explores, amongst other subjects, Shakespeare, contemporary art, Hurricane Katrina, cheese soufflés, "The Fate of Eloquence in the age of Ozzy Osbourne," Barack Obama and baseball.
IGC Growth Week 2010 - Domestic Resource Mobilisation and Growth [Audio]
Speaker(s): Nadeem ul Haque, Michael Keen, Dr Masihur Rahman, Rama Sithanen, Professor Joel Slemrod | To reduce reliance on foreign aid and financial inflows, policymakers across the developing world are seeking to improve domestic resource mobilisation. But doing so effectively and efficiently presents a huge policy challenge. More is at stake, however, than just revenue raising to fund socially valuable investments. Effective fiscal systems are a core element of state building and a barometer
Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy & Innovation in an Uncertain World [Aud
Speaker(s): Professor Michael A. Cusumano | This is an overview of Professor Cusumano's new book Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World|, prepared for the 2009 Oxford Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies. The focus is on how managers can tackle the simultaneous challenge of "innovation and commoditization" in markets often subject to unpredictable change and disruption. Professor Cusumano positions each principle against other concep
Lloyd George - the great outsider [Audio]
Speaker(s): Lord Hattersley | David Lloyd George became the authentic radical of British politics in part because of intellectual conviction, but, more significantly, because his birth and upbringing had made him contemptuous of the establishment and its values. He did not so much break the rules of conventional society and politics as refuse to acknowledge their existence. He remained an "outsider" to the end. This event celebrates the publication of Lord Hattersley's new book David Lloyd Georg
Seizing the Opportunity of the Cloud: the Next Wave of Business Growth [Audio]
Speaker(s): Steve Ballmer | The pervasive nature of technology and the ever increasing pace of development are rapidly changing the way we work, live and play. These changes bring enormous opportunity for individuals, organisations and society. For more than three decades, Microsoft, and current CEO Steve Ballmer, have played a vital role in leading a technology industry that has transformed the world of business in dramatic fashion. In one of the opening public lectures of the LSE term, Ballmer
Greatness and Limits of the West: reflections on an uncompleted project [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Emeritus Heinrich August Winkler | A lecture to mark the intellectual legacy of Ralf Dahrendorf, director of LSE from 1974 to 1984, and one of Europe's most eminent sociologists and public servants of the post-War period. Lord Dahrendorf passed away in June 2009. Heinrich August Winkler is an internationally acclaimed scholar and one of the most distinguished historians of modern Germany.
PhD Forum for Finance and Economics in China 2010 [Audio]
Speaker(s): Liao Min, Professor Richard Portes, Professor Danny Quah, Xiao Gang Tian, Professor Shujie Yao | The main theme of this forum is Chinese Financial Reform and 'Sustainable Economic Development Under the Global Crisis'. New perspectives on what we can learn from China and what China might learn from the global financial crisis will be discussed.
Speaker(s): Professor Robert Eaglestone, Dr Alberto Toscano | Alberto Toscano will be debating his counter-history of fanaticism, in which he argues that fanaticism has played a critical role in forming modern politics. Robert Eaglestone is professor of contemporary literature and thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. Alberto Toscano is senior lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Expiring or Expanding? international economic organisations and the restructuring of world power [Au
Speaker(s): Professor Ngaire Woods | Ngaire Woods is professor of international political economy and director of the Global Economic Governance Programme, University College, Oxford.
Financial Reform in China [Audio]
Speaker(s): Howard Davies | In the 6th of an annual series of lectures, Howard Davies reviews the development of the Chinese financial system over the last year. He has been a member of the International Advisory Board of the Chinese banking regulator since 2003 and has observed the dramatic changes in Chinese banks at first hand. The Chinese system has been remarkably insulated from the crisis. What does that mean for the future? Will China turn its back on free-market financial reform? Howard
The Political Economy of the Cold War [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Niall Ferguson | At its heart the Cold War was a competition between two economic systems. Despite having in common a "military-industrial complex", they were profoundly different in the degree of freedom they offered their citizens, the living standards they were able to achieve and the pace of technological innovation they could sustain. In this first lecture, Niall Ferguson compares and contrasts the United States and the Soviet Union in the Cold War and asks how far the
The Chilean Way to Development [Audio]
Speaker(s): Sebastián Piñera Echenique | Sebastián Piñera Echenique is President of the Republic of Chile, a position he has held since being sworn in on 11 March 2010. He graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile as a Commercial Engineer with a minor in Economics and also received a Masters and Doctorate degree from the University of Harvard in the United States.
Staying Safe Online (19/10/2010) [Audio]
Speaker(s): Bob Ayers, Rob Carolina | LSE IT Services is pleased to present a series of evenings (19, 20 and 21 October) to help promote awareness of information security issues that are relevant to every person that uses the Internet. With the increasing use of computers and information technology in our everyday lives, the number of threats that people face on the Internet everyday has also increased. This series is set to show what some of those threats are, how you can protect yourselves and
The Displaced and Dispossessed of Darfur [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor John Hagan | Editor's note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this podcast. In addition to 300,000 deaths, the Darfur genocide has forced the displacement of about 3,000,000 people. John Hagan examines this through the application of social historical methods. John Hagan is John D MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University and co-director of the Center on Law and Globalization at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. Tim Allen is professo
The Great Brain Race: Rise of the Global Education Marketplace [Audio]
Speaker(s): Ben Wildavsky | In a worldwide educational marketplace, international competition to build the best universities and attract the brightest minds is more intense than ever. In his lecture based around his book, 'The Great Brain Race', Ben Wildavsky argues that the globalisation of higher education should be welcomed, not feared. Ben Wildavsky is a senior fellow in research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation and author of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping t