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David Held (born 1951) is a British political theorist and a prominent figure within the field of international relations. Together with Daniele Archibugi, he has been a key figure in the development of cosmopolitanism, and of cosmopolitan democracy in particular. He is a widely acclaimed scholar on issues of globalisation and global governance.

David Held was born in Britain where he spent most of his childhood. He was educated in Britain, France, Germany and the United States. He has held numerous Visiting Appointments in the United States, Australia, Canada and Spain, among other places. In the last five years he has lectured regularly on questions of democracy, global governance and globalization.

David Held co-founded Polity press in 1984, which has become a leading publisher in the social sciences and humanities.

Held is currently Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance within the Government Department at the London School of Economics.

Major works

  • Cultural Politics in a Global Age: Uncertainty, Solidarity, and Innovation, edited by David Held and Henrietta L. Moore , Oneworld Publications, UK, 2008. (ISBN 9781851685509)
  • Progressive foreign policy : new directions for the UK. Polity, Held, David and Mepham, David, (eds.) (2007) Cambridge. (ISBN 0745641148)
  • Globalization theory : approaches and controversies. Held, David and McGrew, Anthony, (eds.) (2007), Cambridge. (ISBN 0745632114)
  • Cultural politics in a global age. Moore, Henrietta and Held, David, (eds.) (2007) One World, Oxford, (UK. ISBN 9781851685509)
  • Global inequality : patterns and explanations. Held, David and Kaya, Ayse, (eds.) (2006) Polity, Cambridge. (ISBN 0745638864)
  • Held, David (2006) Models of democracy. Polity, Cambridge. ISBN 0745631479
  • Held, David and Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias, (eds.) (2005) Global governance and public accountability. Blackwell, Oxford, UK. ISBN 1405126787
  • Held, David (2005) Principles of the cosmopolitan order. In: Brock, Gillian and Brighouse, Harry, (eds.) The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 10-27. ISBN 0521846609
  • Global Covenant: The Social Democratic Alternative to the Washington Consensus (2004)
  • Cosmopolitanism: A Defence (2003)
  • Globalization/Anti-Globalization co-author (2002), fully revised 2nd edition (2007)
  • Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture, co-author (1999)
  • Re-imagining Political Community. Studies in Cosmopolitan Democracy(with Daniele Archibugi) and Martin Koehler (1998)
  • Cosmopolitan Democracy: An Agenda for a New World Order (with Daniele Archibugi) (1995)
  • Democracy and the Global Order: From the Modern State to Cosmopolitan Governance (1995)
  • Political Theory and the Modern State (1989)
  • Models of Democracy (1987), fully revised 2nd edition (1996), 3rd edition (2006)
  • Introduction to Critical Theory: Horkheimer to Habermas (1989)

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