Columns & Interviews

Löfven 2

An Interview With Stefan Löfven

Last week, voters in Sweden chose to end eight years of conservative rule and replace the incumbent Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, with the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Stefan Loefven. In an election with turnout of over 85 percent, the … Read More

kemal dervis

Revamping Europe’s Tattered Social Contract

For most of the beginning of 2014, the eurozone seemed to be in a state of recovery – weak and unsteady, but nonetheless real. In April, the International Monetary Fund estimated that overall GDP growth would reach 1.2% this year, with slowly … Read More

Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Price Of Scottish Independence

Though the world’s eyes now are on Scotland’s referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, Scotland is not alone in seeking to redraw national boundaries. There are independence movements in many other parts of the world; indeed, 39 new states … Read More

Robert Skidelsky

Vanguard Scotland?

Since I believe that the Scots are sensible, I think that they will vote “no” this week to independence. But, whichever way the vote goes, the spectacular rise of nationalism, in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe, is a symptom of a diseased political … Read More

Dani Rodrik

How The Rich Rule US Democracy

It is hardly news that the rich have more political power than the poor, even in democratic countries where everyone gets a single vote in elections. But two political scientists, Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of … Read More


Henning Meyer

Scotland: The Morning After The Night Before

So, the decision is taken! After a frantic final period of campaigning Scottish voters eventually declined the offer of independence and opted to stay part of the United Kingdom. In the end, the result was not as close as the polls leading up to … Read More

Simon Wren-Lewis

David Cameron (From Wikipedia 2100)

Prime Minister of UK (including Scotland until 2014) from 2010 to 2017. Widely seen as the catalyst behind the renewed decline of the UK, after a brief respite in the 30 years previously (see entries for Margaret Thatcher and Gordon Brown). On … Read More

Ronald Janssen

Lessons From 15 Years Of Japanese Deflation

While Mario Draghi has stolen the show with his speech at Jackson Hole, another speech by Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, is actually even more interesting. Kuroda’s introductory remarks are short and simple and they concern the 15 … Read More

News & Events

Mariana Mazzucato

Finance For Innovation

How can the financial system be reformed so it engages less in doubtful or outright counterproductive activities but focuses much more on enabling innovation and other productive activities? This was the going question of a major conference organised … Read More

jon cruddas

Progressive Politics For A New Era

Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Daggenham in East London and Head of UK Labour's Policy Review, describes his idea of progressive politics for a new era. Talking at the RSA, he argues that decisive election victories only come when a party has been able … Read More

Robert Reich

The Politics And Economics Of Inequality

Robert Reich has recently given an inspiring lecture at the Aspen Ideas Festival. This is the Aspen Institue's description of the lecture: Some inequality of income and wealth is inevitable, if not necessary. If an economy is to function well, … Read More