Monthly Archives: June 2012

Instead of debating the future of Europe, liberals are content with retreating back to the nation-state.

Martin Eiermann sees the gloom of the Eurozone crisis clouding out prospects of an integrated Europe. He argues that the crisis has spawned a formidable movement seeking retreat into a compartmentalized world of nation-states. This is dangerous – the political and economic costs of retrenchment are staggeringly high. This article first appeared on the LSE’s EUROPP blog “Three months remain for Eurozone rescue, says Lagarde.” “Greeks […]

June 30th, 2012|Europp|0 Comments|

Scholars need to move from filling gaps to doing more imaginative and innovative research

Our ‘publish or perish’ mentality is sacrificing more imaginative and innovative ideas. Looking at the field of management studies, Marcel Bogers writes that a troubling shortage of novel academic ideas must be tackled by new institutional conditions, rethinking professional norms and cultivating a more scholarly identity. This article first appeared on the LSE Impact of Social Science blog Despite, or probably due to, […]

June 30th, 2012|Impact|2 Comments|

Debating academic rigour, hunting the dude, and hurling abuse at Gordon Brown: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Chris Dillow at Stumbling and Mumbling wonders what’s the use of academic rigour when empirical evidence is routinely ignored in policy making.

Damian McBride recalls the day five years ago that Gordon Brown became Prime Minister – and had abuse hurled at him by his closest aides…

Richard Murphy on the Ripped-off Britons blog argues that good capitalism is good business, and provides some tips on […]

Political campaigning is being shaped by the unseen technologies

Mark Pack discusses the ways in which technologies are changing campaigning techniques. Taking part in one of the panels at the excellent Parties, People and Elections: Political Communication since 1900 conference a few weeks ago, I heard Nottingham’s Phil Cowley once again push his “Cowley’s Law of Campaigning” (not to be confused with Cowley’s Syndrome). Phil’s a charming man and he […]

Richard Layard explains the Manifesto for Economic Sense

Thousands of economists disagree with the austerity policies being followed in so many countries. Yet few speak out and I am one of the guilty ones. That is why Paul Krugman and I have now written a ‘Manifesto for Economic Sense’ which is reprinted below. We hope this will be signed by thousands of economists. More importantly, we hope that […]

Call off the hounds: the virulent strain of anti-politics in British journalism is becoming a serious problem

William Brett argues that Chloe Smith’s Newsnight disaster is indicative of a buoyant trend of anti-politics in the British media that is becoming increasingly distasteful and misunderstands the ‘necessary’ hypocrisy in our democratic system.   Once it was foxhunting, now it’s minister-hunting. Britain seems to have embraced a new national pastime, which is to unleash a rabid Jeremy Paxman on to […]

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    We can’t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job

We can’t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job

Chris Johnes argues that getting a job is not necessarily a route out of poverty. Rising costs and falling real wages means that having a job won’t necessarily allow you to make ends meet. What’s worse, the austerity programme is hitting low-income households disproportionately hardest. We must, therefore, rethink the prevailing attitude towards taxes and social justice. As Europe remains stuck in a prolonged period of […]

Restoring growth and confidence through resource-efficient innovation

Dimitri Zenghelis argues that the government can help stimulate growth by recognising the inevitable transition to a low-carbon economy. This could provide new business opportunities for investors while tapping into a fast-growing global market for resource-efficient activities. The UK faces the prospect of a protracted recession even before output has fully made up the losses from the last recession, with GDP yet to […]