The lecture is offered as part of the Olof Palme Lecture Series that are aimed at providing inspiration and increasing knowledge in the fields of  good governan ce, political ideology and social sustainability.

Olof Palme served as the Prime Minister of Sweden from 1969-1976 and 1982-1986. His political ambitions were characterised by the desire to reduce inequality and develop the welfare state in Sweden. Olof Palme's mother was born in Latvia and he spent his childhood summers at his grandparents’ farm Skangali in Vidzeme.

The Olof Palme Lectures are organised jointly by SSE Riga and the Embassy of Sweden, with support from the Swedish Institute.