Blogs&Reviews

  • Could the US become a democratic dictatorship?

    Simon Wren-Lewis, 16 July 2018

    Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has pledged to create an illiberal state like Russia or China. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis asks whether Donald Trump could emulate Orbán and turn the US into a 'democratic dictatorship'.

  • The NIESR Rebuilding Macroeconomics project is stirring a great deal of welcome controversy. In this post, Roger Farmer, part of the project’s management team, explains how by funding projects from people or groups that mainstream funding agencies are unlikely to fund, it aims to inject new genes into the pool, shake things up a little by bringing in fresh approaches, and hopefully seed the development of ideas that might otherwise take much longer to emerge

  • Brexit endgame: Stage 1

    Simon Wren-Lewis, 10 July 2018

    A characteristic of many endgames in chess where the result is clear is that pieces leave the board quickly to make the eventual win obvious. In this post, Simon Wren-Lewis argues that what we have seen with the recent resignations of some members of the UK Cabinet is but the first stage in that process.

  • Global Britain and national Britain

    Diane Coyle, 10 July 2018

    In his new book, The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth Century History, David Edgerton argues that the key phenomenon of the post-WWII decades was not welfarism or corporatism but the creation of a distinctive British nation – until Mrs Thatcher started to turn the country back into an internationalist capitalist one. In this post, Diane Coyle finds that while the book makes for a refereshing read, not every bit of its myth-busting is wholly persuasive.   

Other Recent Blogs&Reviews:

  • Ashoka Mody, 01 April 2018

    Financial markets are better than economists in sensing non-linearities, the critical junctures where fundamental shifts occur. This article argues that politics, economics, and finance are threatening to shake things up; it’s no time to look away.

  • Esa Jokivuolle,

    An integrated European banking market can be seen as an ultimate objective of Europe’s Banking Union project. As Esa Jokivuolle describes in this post, the recent initiative to reduce home bias in banks’ sovereign debt exposures aims to support these goals.

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