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Tuesday, 21 May 2013, 6:00PM
Museum of London

Sir Keith Joseph and the Market Economy

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE

Sir Keith Joseph was the most articulate and powerful of the postwar exponents of the market economy at a time when it was distinctly unfashionable. He it was who provided the ideological dynamic for what came to be called Thatcherism. Indeed, Margaret Thatcher dedicated a volume of her autobiography to him, and declared that her reforms could never have been achieved without him. But he has also been an important influence on Tony Blair’s New Labour. We still inhabit a world largely created by Keith Joseph, and we will probably continue to do so for a long time to come.

This is a part of the lecture series, Making the Weather: Six politicians who shaped our age.
Winston Churchill wrote of Joseph Chamberlain, Colonial Secretary at the beginning of the 20th century, that, even though he never became Prime Minister, he 'made the weather', meaning that he played a crucial role in shaping the political agenda of his day. These lectures discuss six postwar politicians, none of whom became Prime Minister, but who, like Joseph Chamberlain, also made the weather and so helped to shape the age in which we live.

The other lectures in this series are as follows:
    Aneurin Bevan and the Socialist Ideal
    Iain Macleod and Decolonialisation
    Roy Jenkins, Europe and the Civilised Society
    Enoch Powell and the Sovereignty of Parliament
    Tony Benn and the Idea of Participation

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Vernon Bogdanor CBE is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Law, current Visiting Gresham Professor of Political History, Research Professor at King's College London, a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Prior to 2010, Professor Bogdanor was a Fellow of Brasenose College and Professor of Government at Oxford University.

He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel and Slovakia. His books include The People and the Party System, Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution, Power and the People, and Devolution in the United Kingdom. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press and is a sometimes special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1982-83), and the House of Commons Public Service Committee. Most recently he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the Political Studies Association.

Professor Bogdanor's previous lecture series are as follows:

2017/18 British Political Parties

2016/17 The Monarchy

2014/15 Six General Elections

2013/14 Britain and Europe

2012/13 Making the Weather: Six Politicians Who Shaped Our Age

2010/12 Britain in the 20th Century

2007/09 From Roosevelt to Bush: The American Presidency: Transformation and Change

All of Professor Bogdanor's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

Current Visiting Professor of Political History

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21 May 2013

Sir Keith Joseph and the Market Economy
Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE

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