Public event

Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World

Can the international economic and legal system survive today’s fractured geopolitics? Democracies are facing a drawn-out contest with authoritarian states that is entangling much of public policy with global security issues. In Global Discord, Paul Tucker lays out principles for a sustainable system of international cooperation, showing how democracies can deal with China and other illiberal states without sacrificing their deepest political values. Drawing on three decades as a central banker and regulator, Tucker applies these principles to the international monetary order, including the role of the US dollar, trade and investment regimes, and the financial system.

Combining history, economics, and political and legal philosophy, Tucker offers a new account of international relations. Rejecting intellectual traditions that go back to Hobbes, Kant and Grotius, and instead deploying ideas from Hume, Williams and modern mechanism-design economists, Tucker describes a new kind of political realism that emphasises power and interests without sidelining morality. The connecting tissue for a system of international cooperation, he writes, should be legitimacy, creating a world of concentric circles in which we cooperate more with those with whom we share the most and whom we fear the least. (Princeton University Press)

This discussion is organised within the context of the three events on Global Ethics by Prof. Richard Bellamy, and in collaboration with the Centre for Fundamental Rights.


Sir Paul Tucker

  • Sir Paul Tucker  is a Research Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. He is the author of Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World Order (2022) and Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State (2019), both published by Princeton University Press. Until late 2013, he was a central banker and regulator at the Bank of England and Basel, where he chaired some of the groups designing reforms of the international financial system after the Global Financial Crisis.

Richard Bellamy

  • Richard Bellamy is Professor of Political Science at University College London (UCL) and Visiting Professor at the Hertie School. A Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), he is the author of 11 monographs and over 150 articles. His research ranges from historical studies of Italian political thought post-1700 and European liberalism 1830-1950, through work on compromise and political ethics, to a republican account of citizenship, democracy and constitutionalism, which he has applied to both the UK and the EU.

Professor Michael Zürn

  • Professor Michael Zürn served as the Founding Dean of the Hertie School from 2004 to 2009 and is the school's first Honorary Fellow. Zürn is Director of the Research Unit Global Governance at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Denver and at Harvard University. Until 2004, Zürn was Chairman of the Collaborative Research Centre "Transformation of the State" in Bremen, funded by the German Research Foundation. In 1993 he was appointed Professor of International and Transnational Relations at the University of Bremen. Zürn studied in Denver and Tübingen, where he also received his PhD.

Ulrich K. Preuß

  • Ulrich K. Preuß is Professor Emeritus of Law and Politics at the Hertie School. Since 1996, Preuß has been a Professor of Public Law and Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1989/90, he co-authored the draft of the constitution as a participant in the Round Table of the German Democratic Republic, and in 1992/93 he advised the Thuringian State Parliament on its new constitution. He has taught, among others, at Princeton University, The New School in New York and the University of Chicago. He is on the advisory board of various research institutions and is a member of the State Constitutional Court (Staatsgerichtshof) in Bremen. He holds a JD from the Justus Liebig University Giessen and was Professor of Public Law at the University of Bremen from 1972 to 1996.

Antje Wiener

  • Professor Antje Wiener holds the Chair of Political Science, especially Global Governance at the University of Hamburg. She is an elected By-Fellow of Hughes Hall University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences, and a Member of the Academia Europea. Before coming to Hamburg, she held Chairs in International Studies at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Bath and has taught at the Universities of Stanford, Carleton, Sussex and Hannover. Her research and teaching centres on International Relations (IR) theory, especially norms research and contestation theory. Her current projects include contested climate justice (Cluster of Excellence, CLICCS, Hamburg) and democratising security in turbulent times (Graduate College, LFF). With James Tully, she is co-founding editor of Global Constitutionalism (CUP, since 2012). She currently serves on several Committees of the Academy of Social Sciences and she was re-appointed to the ESRC‘s Global Challenges Research Fund Peer Review College in 2019. In 2021, she concluded her second three-year term as elected member of the Executive Committee of the German Political Science Association (DVPW). Her most recent book Contestation and Constitution of Norms in Global International Relations (CUP 2018) was awarded the International Law Section’s Book Prize in 2020.