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The Public Philosopher - Why Vote?

LSE and BBC Radio 4 public lecture

Voter turnout in Britain has been declining – in some recent local elections, barely one in three of those eligible to vote actually voted. But why should people vote? Is it our civic duty? Should we consider making voting compulsory - or perhaps we should pay people to vote?

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His most recent book is What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. This event will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

This lecture will be broadcast as The Public Philosopher on BBC Radio 4 at 9am and repeated at 9.30pm on Tuesday 20 May 2014.

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Date and Time:

30 April 2014 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Old Theatre
Old Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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Friday 25 April 2014, 12pm: The ticket line for this event has now closed and tickets will be allocated by a random ballot. You will be notified within 48 hours whether your ticket request has been successful.

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