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Co-hosted with the LSE Festival: Power and Politics

Better work: whose business is it?

Stephen Machin (CEP, LSE), Alan Manning (CEP, LSE), Sarah O'Connor (Financial Times), Kate Bell (Trades Union Congress)

Friday 14 June 2024 13:00 - 14:00

This event is both online and in person

Wolfson Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ

About this event

Discussing what policies the government should introduce - or scrap – to bring about a better balance of power in our working lives.

How much power should employers have over their workers' lives? Most countries recognise that employer power needs to be curbed - with governments setting out legal requirements on minimum pay, maximum working hours and paid leave. Governments also intervene to curb worker power - ruling on trade union recognition, who can strike and under what conditions.

But should governments intervene between employer and employee on matters such as sending out-of-hours emails, or on whether to pay bonuses?


Kate Bell (Trades Union Congress)
Stephen Machin (CEP/LSE)
Alan Manning (CEP/LSE)
Sarah O'Connor (Financial Times)


Kirsten Sehnbruch (International Inequalities Institute, LSE)

For more information, visit LSE Events.


This in-person event is free and open to all, but a ticket is required. Online booking for events in the LSE Festival will open on Monday 13 May 2024.

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LSE festival 2024: power and politics

This event is part of the LSE festival: power and politics running from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 June 2024, with a series of events exploring how power and politics shape our world. Booking for all Festival events will open on Monday 13 May.

LSE Festival 2024

Participants are expected to adhere to the CEP Events Code of Conduct.


This event will take place in Wolfson Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ.

The building is labelled CKK on the LSE campus map. You can also find us on Google Maps. For further information, go to contact us.