Business Computing:
the Second 50 Years

The Guildhall conference for business leaders

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Professor Anthony Giddens

Director, London School of Economics and Political Science

Anthony Giddens

Appointed as Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1997. Anthony Giddens was previously Professor of Sociology and a Fellow of King's College at Cambridge University.

He is the author of 34 books, published in over 30 languages, and numerous articles and reviews. There is a substantial body of academic writing and criticism about his work. He has received 13 honorary degrees. He co-founded the publishing house Polity Press in 1985. Polity now publishes some eighty books a year.

Anthony Giddens is the most widely-read and cited social theorist of his generation. His ideas have profoundly influenced the writing and teaching of sociology and social theory. His textbook, Sociology, has sold over 600,000 copies and is the standard introductory text in universities and colleges in many different countries. A fourth edition was published in 2001. Giddens was the 1999 BBC Reith Lecturer. His Reith Lectures were subsequently published under the title Runaway World.

He has also been at the forefront of developing ideas in left of centre politics, and has helped to popularise the idea of the 'third way'. His ideas have strongly influenced the development of New Labour in the UK, but have also made an impact upon many other social democratic parties elsewhere. He has travelled to many areas of the world talking to political leaders and heads of state about the development of third way politics.

Anthony Giddens grew up in Edmonton, North London. He was the first person in his family to go to university or college. He has a younger brother and two daughters. He is a keen supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, and watches them whenever they are playing at home.


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