Thank you for listening to the Conversation

Professors Andrew Gamble & David Marquand
Professors Andrew Gamble & David Marquand

Thank you to all of those who braved the torrential rain to come to our recent event ‘Professor David Marquand In Conversation’ on Thursday 22 November 2012. We thoroughly enjoyed what we thought was a deeply insightful and interesting event and we hope you did too.

Professor Andrew Gamble (University of Cambridge) chatted to Professor David Marquand (University of Oxford) in a relaxed and warm manner, and Professor Marquand gave insightful and often witty comments about his thoughts on the pressing issues of today, including the future of the European Union, social democracy and the viability of the current British growth model, as well as the growing professionalisation of politics and the need for a stronger sense of morality. Applying the theme of one of his most famous books to today’s problem, one of the most poignant thoughts he put forward was that “the progressive dilemma now is that there is no political party that young people can identify with”.

Following this, Professor Gamble let the audience ask their own questions of Professor Marquand. The questions were both interesting and useful, and we are extremely grateful to all who got involved and attended the event.

If you missed the event, you will be able to watch a recording of the event on the SPERI website in the near future.

You can also view the live Twitter Feed from the night by searching #MarquandSPERI, and view photos from the night on our Facebook page.

For students and staff of the University, there was also a joint ‘Futures of the Welfare State’ ICOSS & SPERI event on 22 November. SPERI Director Colin Hay joined Kevin Farnsworth, Zoe Irving and Alexandra Kaasch to discuss the trajectories of European capitalism and challenges to the British corporate welfare state, making comparisons with other welfare states across the globe.

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