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CO-OPERATIVE FUTURES

Peter Couchman, Manager, Oxford & Swindon Co-Operative Society, on 16 November 2001.

This speaker concluded the short series of discussions on sustainability with a review of the work of `Co-operative Futures', a policy and development agency, of which he is Director. The agency advises localities on principles and practices of co-operative ideas, in order for them to develop policy and effective action. Recently, advice was offered at local `business breakfasts' and to the Regional Development Agency for the South-East.

EAST TIMOR

Hugh Dowson, independent researcher and campaigner, on 21 January 2000

The speaker graduated from Newcastle University in 1972 and has since researched and campaigned extensively on world affairs. Several of his papers have been published in major reports on international issues.

INDONESIA TODAY

Dr L. Palmier, on 18 February, 2000.

Dr Leslie Palmier was Reader in Sociology, University of Bath. Since 1950 he has been visiting Indonesia, most recently in September 1999. His most recent publications include `Détente in Asia' (1992) and `State and Law in Eastern Asia' (1996).

SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Steven Wheeler, Community Development Executive in the Economic Development Team, Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES), on 17 March 2000

THE SEARCH FOR PEACE

Frank Jackson, Vice-Chairman of the World Disarmament Campaign, and Editor of World Disarm!, on 19 May 2000

THE POLISH RENAISSANCE

Maria Sieczkowski, Member, on 16 June 2000

The speaker is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews. She introduced her review by recalling how she came to Britain in 1940 with her husband, who joined the newly organised Polish Parachute Brigade, while she studied at St. Andrews, graduating in 1944. Although tempted to return to Poland after the war, they pursued careers in Africa and Malta. From time to time the speaker did return as a visitor to Poland, most recently this year.

LABOUR AND WELFARE REFORM

Dr Martin Powell, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, on 20 October 2000.

The speaker considers the `Third Way' (TW) to be something of a `curate's egg' _ good in parts only! He analysed essential features of the `Old Left' (OL) and the `New Right' (NR) and related them to characteristics of the `Third Way'.

Whereas the OL were `Levellers' seeking social justice through benefits and the NR relied on the market system, TW took an `Investor' approach _ education is the best economic policy and Dimensions of political approaches

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

Dr David Packham, Department of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Bath, on 17 November 2000

CLOSING THE GAP

Geoffrey Catchpole, Member, on 15 December 2000

The speaker briefly reviewed the emergence of the current phase of `globalisation', after noting that Arnold Toynbee had identified 26 civilisations then seen as global. From local, regional and national unities, the known world expanded. Trade wars, imperialism and two world wars prompted mechanisms for global governance such as the League of Nations, the UN and various agencies, lately the World Trade Organisation, etc.

QUALITY OF LIFE AND HEALTH

Introduced by Dr Suzanne Skevington, Reader in Psychology, University of Bath, on 15 January l999

THE ACCOUNTABILITY PROBLEM IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

Introduced by Dr Alan Butt-Philip, University of Bath on 19 February l999

The `democratic deficit' is seen as a brake upon EU development, since the status of proposals become unclear. At present, 23 decision-making systems can be identified as involved in proposal initiatives. A recently publicised example of the difficulty of calling authority to account brought much criticism.

Democratic elements are clearly weak, although the eventual ratification of the 1997 Amsterdam Treaty should improve matters.

THE ROLE OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATIONS

Introduced by Helen Yanacopulos on 16 April, l999

Helen Yanacopulos, a postgraduate research student at Selwyn College, Cambridge, has been studying the ways in which NGDO's have been organising in recent years in order to influence bodies such as the World Bank, IMF, the UN and WTO (World Trade Organisation), governments and trans-national corporations.

THE REVIVAL OF RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM IN EUROPE

Introduced by Professor R Eatwell on 21 May 1999

Professor R. Eatwell is Professor of European Politics at the University of Bath.

The speaker focused on distinctions to be drawn between the overt images of "fascists" as generally seen either as young male thugs with insignia and weapons or as less distinctive right-wing politicians, whereas the supportive views of intellectuals largely go unnoticed.

HUMAN DIGNITY

Introduced by Svanborg Sigmarsdottir, a post-graduate student at the University of Essex, on 17 September, 1999

PURSUING POVERTY ELIMINATION IN SOUTH ASIA

Introduced by Professor Geoffrey D. Wood, Professor of International Development and Director of the Institute for International Policy Analysis, University of Bath, on 15 October 1999

As an anthropologist Prof. Wood's fieldwork experience ranges from India and Africa in the 60s; through India and Bangladesh from the 70s to date; Nepal, Thailand and Sri Lanka in the 80s; South America and Pakistan in the 90s. He is author of many books, on South East Asian matters in particular, and his talk well illustrated the breadth and depth of his work.

GLOBAL RESURGENCE OF RELIGION AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Introduced by Dr Scott Thomas, Lecturer in International Relations and the Politics of Developing Countries, in the Department of Economics and International Development, University of Bath, on 19 November 1999

The speaker began by distinguishing political changes which result from religious groups acting `from above' (as in Iran, Egypt, Afghanistan, Israel, etc.) and those influencing `from below' (as in Algeria, Israel, Italy, Latin America, the United States, etc.).

THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY WORLD

Geoffrey Catchpole, Convener, on 17 December 1999

The speaker first mentioned some relevant Institution meetings, then some popular and academic studies of the topic, before outlining his approach. He would review headlines derived from The Times over a December week in order to indicate current concerns, which might then suggest the topics and dimensions of future developments.

THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE FUTURE

Introduced by Joe Wiles, Chairman of the Bath Branch of the United Nations Association, on 20 November 1998

EUROPE AND THE BALKAN CRISIS

Introduced by James Pettifer, on 16 October l998.

The speaker is a journalist and author who reports on his extensive Balkan experiences for British and American newspapers, radio and TV.

FREEDOM AND SECURITY: AN EXPLORATION

Introduced by Geoffrey Catchpole on 17 July 1998

OLDER PEOPLE IN CONTROL?: PROSPECTS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

Introduced by Dr Roger Cloet, on 19 June 1998.

CONTEMPORARY POLITICS IN RUSSIA

Introduced by H J White, Dept.of Modern Languages and International Studies, University of Bath., on 15 May 1998

THE WORLD OF ISLAM

Introduced by Dr Basil Mustafa Ph.D.,M.Ed., Senior Assistant Registrar at the Centre for Islamic Studies in Oxford., on 17 April 1998

EASTERN EUROPE SINCE 1990

Introduced by Eric Elstob on 16 January 1998

THE CHARISMATIC CHURCH IN THE U.S.A.

Introduced by Revd. Charles Patterson, Rector of St John's, Lower Weston, on 17 October 1997

JAPAN A CONFORMIST SOCIETY?

Introduced by Professor James Coveney on 19 September 1997

INAUGURAL MEETING

Introduced by Geoff Catchpole, Convener on 30 May

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