Michael Dukakis: In Conversation
When: Tue 6 Aug 2013, 18.30-20.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions
Regrettably, this event has been cancelled as Michael Dukakis is unwell.
Those who have booked tickets will be contacted by email to arrange refunds.
At this exclusive event, former US Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis is joined by one of the leading British political figures of recent decades - Kenneth Baker - to discuss the complexities of winning support for policies, and the business of elections on both sides of the Atlantic. The conversation will be chaired by Bronwen Maddox Editor of Prospect Magazine
- Michael Dukakis served an unprecedented three, four-year terms as Governor of Massachusetts . He entered the Governor's office as a cost-cutting conservative to fix the debt-riddled state budget. Buoyed by budget success and a rapidly expanding economy, he expanded state services and promoted the "Massachusetts Miracle" as a model for America. In his, initially successful 1988 run as Democratic candidate for President, the undermining tactics employed by his opponent George Bush Snr ultimately lost him the election.
- Kenneth Baker was an Conservative Member of Parliament from 1968 to 1992. He held a variety of senior ministerial positions - Secretary of State for the Environment, Secretary of State for Education, and, in John Major's Cabinet, the post of Home Secretary. He also served as Chairman of the Conservative Party.
- Bronwen Maddox (Chair) is the Editor and Chief Executive of Prospect Magazine, the UK's leading current affairs and culture monthly title, which has a rapidly-growing circulation of more than 31,000. She continues to write regular oped and business columns for The Times on world news and economics. Previously, she was Chief Foreign Commentator of The Times, and directed its editorials on foreign affairs.She is the author of In Defence of America (2008).
This event is supported by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.