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    Spain’s labour market and social reforms have exacerbated the country’s unemployment problem

Spain’s labour market and social reforms have exacerbated the country’s unemployment problem

Spain was one of the countries hardest hit by the Eurozone crisis. Vincent Navarro writes on labour market and social reforms which have taken place within the country as part of the response to the crisis. He argues that policies aimed at deregulating the labour market have done little to solve Spain’s unemployment problem and have been more geared […]

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    The proposed EU Financial Transactions Tax is both illogical and likely to be economically damaging

The proposed EU Financial Transactions Tax is both illogical and likely to be economically damaging

In 2011, the European Commission proposed a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) to raise revenue from the financial sectors in EU countries following the financial crisis. To date, however, only 11 EU states have so far agreed to implement such a tax. John Grahl and Photis Lysandrou write that while they broadly agree with the objectives behind the FTT, the […]

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    Economics has had a significant rethink since the financial crisis, but political science sails blithely onwards

Economics has had a significant rethink since the financial crisis, but political science sails blithely onwards

The financial crisis which began in 2007 prompted a number of changes in academic approaches to economics. As Mick Moran writes, however, political science has not experienced the same level of introspection, despite the crisis also offering challenges to the discipline. He argues that the reasons for this lie in the historical mission of political science and in its […]

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Iceland’s centre-left parties must offer a genuine alternative to the ruling centre-right coalition if they are to regain their credibility with the electorate

Iceland’s centre-left parties suffered a loss of support in elections earlier this year, with the centre-right Progressive Party and the Independence Party entering government. Matthew Deaves outlines the main factors behind the result, and assesses what the future holds for Iceland’s left. He argues that the left largely failed to live up to its reputation in government, and must offer […]

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The financial crisis means that Europe will need to look beyond the public sector to provide its healthcare needs

The financial crisis has led to public spending cuts across most European countries. Richard B Saltman and Zachary Cahn write that even if current levels of health spending are maintained, public healthcare systems will increasingly come under strain due to projected rises in healthcare costs. They argue that the only solution left for European governments is to increase the contribution […]

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Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing, and what we can do about it

Globalisation has made the world a far more interconnected place than ever before. Ian Goldin writes that while this increased connectivity provides unprecedented opportunities for collaboration and innovation, it also risks facilitating the spread of global crises. Meeting these globalised challenges will require a radical rethinking of global governance structures, with five core principles being at the heart of any […]

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