Anthony Giddens served as Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from 1997 to 2003. He was previously a Fellow and Professor of Sociology at King’s College, Cambridge. He co-founded the academic publishing house Polity Press in 1985 and was the 1999 BBC Reith Lecturer. He was given a life peerage in June 2004, as Baron Giddens, of Southgate.
Most recently he has been at the forefront of developing ideas in left of centre politics. A new social democratic agenda is emerging that is integrated, robust and wide-ranging, which can also rekindle political idealism. Anthony Giddens has travelled to many countries around the world talking to political leaders and heads of state about the development of third way politics. Frequently referred to as Tony Blair’s guru, he has made a strong impact on the evolution of New Labour.
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 around the world. In particular, he developed the theory of “Structuration”, which is the understanding of the relationship between individuals and the conditions around them.
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