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Lord Anthony Giddens (b. 1938) is one of the world's most prominent social scientists.

He has taught at the University of Leicester and subsequently at Cambridge, where he was Professor of Sociology. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the LSE. He is currently a Life Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He was made a Life Peer in May 2004. He has honorary degrees from 15 universities. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Science and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Giddens' work has had a profound impact on public policy issues in UK and worldwide. In addition to shaping the New Labour in the UK, he has advised political leaders from Asia, Latin America and Australia, as well as from the US and Europe. In the field of sociology he is renowned for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies.

Anthony Giddens is an author of 34 books, translated into about 30 different languages. Some of his most important works are The Constitution of Society. Outline of the Theory of Structuration (1984), The Consequences of Modernity (1990), The Third Way. The Renewal of Social Democracy (1998).

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