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    Book Review: Big Ideas in Macroeconomics: A Nontechnical View by Kartik B. Athreya

Book Review: Big Ideas in Macroeconomics: A Nontechnical View by Kartik B. Athreya

In this book, Kartik B. Athreya aims to offer a nontechnical description of prominent ideas and models in macroeconomics, arguing for their value as interpretive tools as well as their policy relevance. Anna Grodecka finds that the book has much more to offer those interested in microeconomics and recommends this useful read to economics researchers and students.

This review was originally published […]

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    Book Review: Britishness, Popular Music and National Identity by Irene Morra

Book Review: Britishness, Popular Music and National Identity by Irene Morra

Irene Morra offers a major exploration of the social and cultural importance of popular music to contemporary celebrations of Britishness. This book represents a valuable contribution to the corpus of academic literature on both popular music and national identity, and would be a welcome addition to the reading lists of scholars and students of History, Music and English Literature, as well […]

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    Tailored devolution would bring tangible benefits to cities and improve the quality of local governance

Tailored devolution would bring tangible benefits to cities and improve the quality of local governance

Local government boundaries very rarely correlate well with local economies, meaning that some authorities are at the mercy of political forces beyond their control. Discussing a new Centre for Cities report, Zach Wilcox argues that different local authorities can better work together by fostering formal collaborations like combined authorities, as well as through other less formal ways of working together. He encourages […]

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    Many aspects of the relationship between an independent Scotland and international organizations have not been fully considered

Many aspects of the relationship between an independent Scotland and international organizations have not been fully considered

Last month, the debate about an independent Scotland’s relationship with the EU spluttered back to life when a group of financiers observed that staying in the UK posed the biggest threat to Scottish EU membership. Given the EU’s growing intrusion into the everyday lives of European citizens and the importance of unimpeded access to the Single Market to the economic prospects […]

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    With Caroline Lucas found not guilty in the fracking trial, it is time to ponder Britain’s energy future

With Caroline Lucas found not guilty in the fracking trial, it is time to ponder Britain’s energy future

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, and her co-accused have been found not guilty for their role during an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe. Rupert Read takes the opportunity to praise Lucas for standing up to the fracking industry. He laments the continuing subsidisation of the fossil fuel industries and argues that renewable sources of energy offer a way to blow […]

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    A global progressive tax on individual net worth would offer the best solution to the world’s spiralling levels of inequality

A global progressive tax on individual net worth would offer the best solution to the world’s spiralling levels of inequality

The issue of inequality is one of the most salient in global and European politics. Thomas Piketty writes on the economic forces which have impacted upon inequality since the end of the First World War. He argues that with disparities in income and wealth rising substantially over recent decades, a global progressive tax on individual net worth would offer […]

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    We need to ensure that young Londoners gain the skills and experience that will be of value to them in the labour market

We need to ensure that young Londoners gain the skills and experience that will be of value to them in the labour market

While there is evidence that suggests people with no or low qualifications should benefit from living in more successful urban labour markets, where employment rates and wages tend to be higher for low-skilled workers relative to low-skilled workers elsewhere, this isn’t the case in London. Ceri Hughes discusses research that shows that young people with low skills in London are […]

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    The government wants to promote resilience, but it can do more than just teaching ‘soft skills’

The government wants to promote resilience, but it can do more than just teaching ‘soft skills’

We tend to think of resilience as being able to ‘bounce back’ from crises – to manage and overcome adversity. But Hardeep Aiden and Katherine Runswick-Cole argue that building resilience is about more than developing ‘soft skills’. It’s about having access to a supportive network of resources and relationships in the first place.

In February the All Party Parliamentary Group […]

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