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Killer watts

Helen Thompson is a professor of international political economy who thinks that understanding energy can explain a lot (if not all as she is careful to say) that has happened …

Beyond the pale?

Talking Shop


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Paradigm Shift

Our collective memories of the lessons learned from wars and crises past have faded. Frances Coppola looks for future guidance. The longer our financial and economic system goes without a …

Gone offline

Growth misgivings

Here & Now

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Helping hand outs

Tom Neumark shares the value of giving where terms and conditions don’t apply. Having recently gone blind, Beatrice was not able to see her grandson’s diarrhoea on the packed-dirt floor …

Too Big to Succeed?

Risky Business in the Rag Trade


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Go West

The developed world’s delivery on commitments to help pull the poorest countries out of their tailspin into destitution is arguably as crucial as it is unlikely. Niko Humalisto suggests reflection. …

The Bumpy Ride

Give and Take

Hard stuff

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Why we should abandon GDP

Gross Domestic Product is the most popular and useless quantity in economics say Erald Kolasi and Blair Fix. For all that it purports to say, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fails …

Hardcore Peripheries

Vegan cheese: you may scoff


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Singapore’s clean image under scrutiny amid money laundering scandal

Singapore – Singapore’s image as a squeaky-clean business hub is under scrutiny amid a huge money laundering scandal that has so far resulted in 10 arrests and the seizure of assets …

Past Events

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Levelling up – will it turn Britain into a more equal country?

‘Levelling up’ is the nearest the Conservative Party has to a big idea and now it has just become a White Paper, which opens with the following words:   “Levelling …

Long Reads

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Taking sides

Nicholas Gruen questions the value of competition and proposes a new frontier for political and economic reform. Since Adam Smith, economists have marvelled at competition’s capacity to improve our world …

Industrial policy, then and now

The space between us