Filmed 26th October 2016, Great Hall, Durham Castle, David Held, Professor of Politics and International Relations, and Master of University College, Durham University.
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. 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.
David Held is a Professor of Political Science and Master of University College, Durham. Among his most recent publications are 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.