Whether the issue is climate change, pandemics, financial catastrophe, demographic shifts, rising inequality, natural disasters, or even genocide; people, nations, and the world often seem unable or unwilling to act early and effectively in order to prevent vastly more serious crises later. For several years, scholars at the Harvard Kennedy School and from across Harvard University have sought to explain why people and nations seem incapable of acting, and to determine what policies and institutions could increase the likelihood of effective and timely responses. This lecture will draw from relevant research to understand the causes of inaction and explore potential solutions.
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David T. Ellwood, Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
- Monday, 13 September 2010
- 5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road