Main Pages
Future Events
Previous Events
Previous Contributors
About The Great Debate
Debate Videos
What is radical politics today? with Will Hutton & Anthony Giddens
What is radical politics today? 
Will Hutton and Anthony Giddens
in conversation with Jonathan Pugh
Buy books from Amazon

Previous Contributors to The Great Debate

Main     Books     Useful Links

Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens
Anthony Giddens is one of the foremost sociologists of our age. Born in Edmonton, North London, he was the first member of his family to go to college. Educated at the University of Hull and the London School of Economics (LSE), he went on to teach at the University of Leicester and Cambridge, where he was Professor of Sociology. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the LSE. He is currently a Life Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge and has honorary degrees from 15 universities. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Science and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was the BBC Reith Lecturer in 1999 and was made a Life Peer in May 2004. His books have been translated into some forty languages. He has sat on the board of various public organisations, including the Institute of Public Policy Research.

Giddens’s impact upon politics has been profound. His advice has been sought by political leaders from Asia, Latin America and Australia, as well as from the US and Europe. He has had a major impact upon the evolution of New Labour in the UK. He took part in the original Blair-Clinton dialogues from 1997 onwards.

Professor Lord Giddens was on the panel of The Great Debate: What is radical politics today? with Will Hutton in December 2008 (View Video).

Books by Anthony Giddens

Sociology (6th Edition) by Anthony Giddens

Sociology by Anthony Giddens
One of the things that’s so exciting about sociology is its constant engagement with the ever-changing social world. Events we find hard to make sense of, or that frighten us – such as climate change or terrorism – are all of interest to sociologists. The aim of the sixth edition of this classic text, as in the previous five, has been to capture the sense of excitement that pervades the very best of sociology, and to inspire a new generation of sociologists.

The book was written in the firm belief that sociology has a key role to play in modern intellectual culture and a central place in the social sciences. It does not make a virtue of sociological jargon, but rather its language is straightforward and accessible for students, though it does not shy away from complex debates. This sixth edition remains state-of-the-art, with fresh and engaging new material added throughout. The book weaves together classical and contemporary theory and data, and provides a wide range of everyday examples to which students can easily relate.

The Politics of Climate Change by Anthony Giddens
The Politics of Climate Change by Anthony Giddens (2007)

Climate change differs from any other problem that, as collective humanity, we face today. If it goes unchecked, the consequences are likely to be catastrophic for human life on earth. Yet for most people, and for many policy–makers too, it tends to be a "back of the mind" issue. We recognise its importance and even its urgency, but for the most part it is swamped by more immediate concerns. Politicians have woken up to the dangers, but at the moment their responses are mainly on the level of gesture rather than being, as they have to be, both concrete and radical.

Political action and intervention, on local, national and international levels, is going to have a decisive effect on whether or not we can limit global warming, as well as how we adapt to that already occurring. At the moment, however, Anthony Giddens argues controversially, we do not have a systematic politics of climate change. Politics as usual won't allow us to deal with the problems we face, while the recipes of the main challenger to orthodox politics, the green movement, are flawed at source. Giddens introduces a range of new concepts and proposals to fill in the gap, and examines in depth the connections between climate change and energy security.

The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy by Anthony Giddens
The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy by Anthony Giddens (1998)

The Third Way is the text that influenced a generation. The "third way", in Britain, came to be associated with the politics of Tony Blair and New Labour, so much so that Giddens was often referred to as Tony Blair's guru. In The Third Way, he examines the reasons for the huge changes in perceptions of social democratic politics that took place in the 1990s - the dissolution of the "welfare consensus" that dominated in the industrial countries up to the late 1970s; the discrediting of Marxism, and the profound social, economic and technological changes that helped bring these about. This ground-breaking book was described by Ian Hargreaves, former editor of New Statesman and The Independent, as being a "landmark" in laying the intellectual foundations of the centre-left position.

Top of page

The Third Way and Its Critics by Anthony Giddens Runaway World by Anthony Giddens Beyond Left and Right: Future of Radical Politics by Anthony Giddens The Consequences of Modernity by Anthony Giddens Modernity and Self-identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age
by Anthony Giddens

Useful Links books by Anthony Giddens

The rise and fall of New Labour by Anthony Giddens, New Statesman, May 2010

Start the world, we want to get on by Anthony Giddens, New Statesman, Feb 2010

Labour doesn't need to be coy about its egalitarianism by Anthony Giddens, The Guardian, March 2007

French Riots Show Need For Reform Of European Social Model, an interview with Anthony Giddens, 2005

The Second Globalization Debate, a talk with Anthony Giddens, Edge, 2000

BBC Reith Lectures 1999 by Professor Lord Giddens
Politics After Socialism, 1998-1999 director's lectures by Professor Lord Giddens

Top of page

| Home | Future Events | Previous Events | People | Articles | Reviews | AboutUs |

© C J M Hewett, 2011