Monika Sie Dhian Ho/ Duncan O’Leary/ Lea Ypi/ Lord Glasman/ Olaf Cramme

Wednesday 19 June 2013, 6-8pm
Room G.03, Building 32L, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, LSE

Monika Sie Dhian Ho, Director of the Wiardi Beckman Stichting

Duncan O’Leary, Deputy Director of DEMOS

Lea Ypi, Lecturer in Political Theory, LSE

Lord Glasman, Labour Peer and Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at London Met

Olaf Cramme, Director of Policy Network

Throughout Europe, social-democratic parties are re-orienting themselves. This spring, the Dutch Labour party think tank, the Wiardi Beckman Stichting, argued that four values should lie at the heart of contemporary social-democracy: security in the means of existence, good work, personal development, and social cohesion. Their analysis has been influential in the Netherlands and has recently been enthusiastically endorsed by the Dutch Labour Party. But are these really the most important social-democratic ideals? And how important are they compared to other values, such as toleration, personal freedom, and equality? On June 19 2013, at the London School of Economics, the author of the Dutch report, Monika Sie Dhian Ho debated these questions with leading thinkers. The meeting was not party-political and was open to all.