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Veni, vedi, quite a lot of vinci in the Bosphorus

Professor of Political Economy, Robert Wade, tells us about his swam across the Bosphorus for the From Asia to Europe open water swimming race. 

From Robert Wade, 23 July 2018:   

Returned to London last night from a quick two-day visit to Istanbul.  Purpose was to swim in the “From Asia to Europe” “race”, 6.5 kms. Event is organized once a year (this the […]

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    Income distribution and the UK referendum – Professor Robert Wade

Income distribution and the UK referendum – Professor Robert Wade

Large numbers of those who voted Out in the UK’s In/Out referendum did so less from a negative assessment of EU membership than from anger at their falling relative income over the past many years and worry that their children will fare even worse. On the day the result became known, the second most frequently asked question of Google, […]

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    Neoliberalism and Industrial Policy in Georgia – Professor Robert Wade

Neoliberalism and Industrial Policy in Georgia – Professor Robert Wade

In April Professor Robert Wade visited Tbilisi in Georgia. While there he attended a conference on Industrial Development Strategy. In this post he explains how this has impacted Georgia in the last 25 years since the break up of the Soviet Union.

I visited Georgia for the first time in late April, at the invitation of Tato Khundadze at the […]

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    Why warships can’t solve the refugee crisis – Ruben Andersson

Why warships can’t solve the refugee crisis – Ruben Andersson

In an article for IRIN Ruben Andersson looks at why warships can’t solve the refugee crisis and puts forward a few suggestions for more effective solutions.
Another week, another project scrawled on the back of a napkin to try to solve the refugee crisis. This time it’s ‘send in the warships’.

The panicky decision to involve NATO is not only an unprecedented […]

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    Africa at LSE: Deadly Journeys and Disappointing Arrivals: the Role of Africa in Europe’s Migration “Crisis”

Africa at LSE: Deadly Journeys and Disappointing Arrivals: the Role of Africa in Europe’s Migration “Crisis”

Pamela DeLargy provides an overview of irregular migration from African countries to Europe, while exploring emerging trends of migrating Africans and the patterns revealed by the onward movement of refugees once they reach Europe.

This post is part of our series African Perspectives on Migration looking at the theme of irregular migration.

The media focus on the dramatic journeys of Syrians […]

Is the BRICS Bank an Alternative for Greece?

With the situation in Greece never far from the world stage various different solutions have been put forward to solve the economic crisis. In an article for The GW Post LSE International Development PhD candidate Konstantinos Myrodias and LSE Public Policy graduate Panos Chatzinikolaou look at whether the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) New Development Bank is a viable […]

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    The Illegality Industry: Notes on Europe’s Dangerous Border Experiment – Ruben Andersson

The Illegality Industry: Notes on Europe’s Dangerous Border Experiment – Ruben Andersson

Ruben Andersson, postdoctoral research fellow at the LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit and author of Illegality, Inc., wrote the following post for Border Criminologies, University of Oxford. In southern Spain, a razor-wire manufacturer packs coils of gleaming, sharp-bladed ‘concertina’ wire and ships it to Hungary, where it adorns a new border fence erected to halt refugees’ onward […]

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    Fiscal compact treaty adds to chaos in Europe – Robert Wade

Fiscal compact treaty adds to chaos in Europe – Robert Wade

Robert Wade’s recent letter to the Financial Times highlights an overlooked ‘shock’ that is negatively affecting growth prospects in Europe. September 29 Sir, Wolfgang Münchau discusses five shocks hitting Europe simultaneously: refugees, eurozone periphery debt, the global economic downturn, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and Volkswagen’s crimes and misdemeanours (“Five concurrent crises push Europe into the realm of chaos”, Comment, September […]

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    Calais migrant response overblown – Ruben Andersson on BBC Radio Scotland

Calais migrant response overblown – Ruben Andersson on BBC Radio Scotland

David Cameron recently described the ongoing migrant crisis in Calais as “totally unacceptable” and called an emergency cobra meeting. Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, Dr Ruben Andersson described the reaction to the current scenario in Calais as disproportionate and ineffective. Kris Gulati explains. Many hoped that the fall of the Berlin Wall would bring an end to the sorts of […]

ID Professors speak out on Greek exit

James Putzel and Robert Wade have both voiced opinion in the Financial Times about the Greek exit (or Grexit) from the Euro, accusing the troika (EC-ECB-IMF) of forcing out far-left factions by stealth in favour of compliant governments. Tuesday 16th June Sir, Everyone knows Greece will never be able to pay its debts, so a debt writedown ought to be […]