Gridlock: Why global cooperation is failing when we need it most

  • Date and time: Thursday 4 December 2014, 4.00pm to 6.00pm
  • Location: Room W/222, Wentworth College
  • Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

Event details

Social and Political Sciences Seminar

On Thursday 4 December 2014, Professor David Held will deliver an Open Lecture entitled "Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation is Failing When We Need It Most". This event is part of the University of York's SPS seminar series.

Abstract: The issues that increasingly dominate the 21st century cannot be solved by any single country, no matter how powerful. To manage the global economy, prevent runaway environmental destruction, rein-in nuclear proliferation or confront other global challenges, we must cooperate. But our tools for global policymaking – chiefly state-to-state negotiations over treaties and international institutions –have broken down. The result is gridlock. This lecture will focus on gridlock, explain how it has arisen, and how it might be overcome.

Professor David Held is Master of University College, Durham and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Durham University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Director of the Institute of Global Policy, Durham University and Visiting Professor at LUISS University in Rome. He is author of more than 60 written or edited books and of an extensive number of academic articles on democracy, democratsation, globalisation, global governance and global policy – over a 25-year period. David has wide ranging teaching experience at a diversity of university levels, including developing and implementing new degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in both leading research-driven universities and at the Open University, UK.

There will be an opportunity for questions after the lecture.

Professor David Held, Durham University
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