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Keith Joseph: Ideologist of Thatcherism

Prof. Vernon Bogdanor (Brasenose College, Oxford)

Prof Raphael Gross (Director, Leo Baeck Institute and Jewish Museum
Frankfurt) and Dr Daniel Wildmann (Deputy Director, Leo Baeck Institute)
have pleasure in inviting you to our forthcoming lecture:

Prof. Vernon Bogdanor (Brasenose College, Oxford)
Keith Joseph: Ideologist of Thatcherism

Keith Joseph gave the Conservatives something they had not enjoyed for many years - intellectual self-confidence, a conviction that the Left could be defeated on the battleground of ideas. He is crucial to an understanding not only of Thatcherism but also of the rise of New Labour, itself a product of the consensus which Joseph, more than anyone else, helped to create. Joseph had sought to construct a new `common ground', based on the market economy, and, by 1997, Labour, for the first time in its history, no longer called for an extension of nationalisation or state control. Thus Joseph's heirs are not only Margaret Thatcher and Nigel Lawson, but also Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Indeed, the world we live in is one largely created by Keith Joseph, and we will probably continue to live in it for a very long time to come.

VERNON BOGDANOR CBE is Professor of Government at Oxford University, and a Visiting Professor of Constitutional History at King’s College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel and Slovakia. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press. In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award by the Political Studies Association for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. In 2009 he was made a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by President Sarkozy. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford and an Honorary D. Litt. of the University of Kent.

Admission to this lecture is free but places are limited and must be
reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute: email
info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7580 3493. Lectures begin promptly at 7pm.
Latecomers may not be admitted.

Venue: The Wiener Library, 4 Devonshire Street, London W1W 5BH.
Underground: Regents Park, Great Portland Street. Bus: C2, 18, 27, 30, 88,
Organised by the LBI London and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt/Main in
cooperation with Queen Mary, University of London.

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Date and Time:

4 March 2010 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Leo Baeck Institute London
Queen Mary University London
E1 4NS
020 7882 5690

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