Davos, 2030

The Mint despatches Guy Dauncey to Switzerland, a decade into the future, to report on the global summit. It was pouring when we arrived in Davos. The local news channels

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Hidden in plain sight

Alan Freeman interprets the art of deft manipulation of fact used in painting an unrealistically assuring, yet remarkably convincing picture of international inequality. In his 1997 book, The Demon-Haunted World:

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All is revealed

Alessandra Mezzadri explains how productivity barely covers anything in fast fashion prices. In April this year, the UK multi-channel retail brand Missguided advertised the sale of a £1 bikini. It

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Workers byte back

Cross-border brands feel the heat from digitally organised labour. Grazia Ietto-Gillies  explains In 2014 the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declared that in some 43 labour disputes filed since

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What is the China Shock?

China’s authoritarianism is steadily consuming the previously democratic Hong Kong trading hub. It has become fashionable to talk about the China shock – the disruption to the international trading system

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Here We Go

Incheon towards the future: the city hosted 3,000 people for the 6th Wellbeing Forum. There is an international group of government officials labouring to make life better for people. Wellbeing

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Schools out

Martin Parker looks at lessons learnt from the lessons taught in business schools. In the immediate aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, there were plenty of people willing to write op-ed pieces

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Think of a number

Peter Manley questions the single number basis for claims that absolute poverty is on the wane. On 19 January, 2019 Bill Gates retweeted an infographic from Our World in Data —

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Work: a situation vacant

Job’s worth: being cost effective in producing and consuming ever more things. We need a new defining idea for political economy, writes Richard Douglas. During Cheltenham Gold Cup week I

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Lost and Unfounded

The global trading system is broken says Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia. It is, he says, a politically, socially and economically unsustainable system designed for the 20th century and based on theories

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Independence for Andalusia

Can British farmers learn from their counterparts in southern Spain to spit out Brussels’ poisoned sweets? Joe Zammit-Lucia and Astrid Vargas write. The high plains of Andalusia in southern Spain

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The Case for Policy Space

Crowded out: corporate giants are cramping developing nations’ sovereign styles. Rick Rowden looks at the impact of corporate moves to homogenise global trading and investment agreements and how developing countries

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The biggest issue

Professor Jane D’Arista’s broad and deep expertise spans monetary policy and regulation.  Rick Rowden asked her some large-scale questions about the global economy for The Mint. The Mint:      What are your

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Bots and bell ringing

Richard Baldwin is a leading international expert and author on globalisation. In his most recent book, he writes about the coming age of “globotics”, an even more intense globalisation plus

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A hole in the heart

Grazia Ietto-Gillies has spent her career as an economist seeking to fill a crucial gap: the exclusion of transnational corporations into economic thinking.  And this gap is not a small

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Unorthodox Greek

Yanis Varoufakis is a heavyweight academic economist with a rare combination of style and substance. He talks to The Mint. Economics professor, Yanis Varoufakis, describes himself as a “failed finance minister

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The bull in China’s shop

In this issue we are exploring the world of international organisations, values and globalisation. This is at a time when Trump is challenging all the norms, but maybe the norms

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Whiners and losers

Soft cheese, hard Brexit and the joys of talking trade theory. Like most people, I am wearied with this whole Brexit thing. It got particularly bad when Thomas became obsessively

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The Ironic State

From the publisher: What can comedy tell us about the politics of a nation? In this book, James Brassett builds on his prize-winning research to demonstrate how British comedy can

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Nothing left to lose

Researchers have charted the US phenomenon where, as globalisation spreads injustice, the despondent reach for the gun. Review by John Komlos It is a commonplace that the demographic development of

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Event Recordings

Shut Down the Business School

Business schools are institutions which, a decade after the financial crash, continue to act as loudspeakers for neoliberal capitalism with all its injustices and planetary consequences. ​ Little seems to

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