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    UK financial power after Brexit: understanding the country’s external balance sheets

UK financial power after Brexit: understanding the country’s external balance sheets

Mona Ali argues that the UK’s financial position is reflected in its ‘balance of payment’ dynamics. Here she compares the UK’s external balance sheets with those of the US, and explores the potential implications of Brexit for the country’s politico-economic future. She explains why Brexit is likely to leave the economy adrift for quite some time.

Few nations have been […]

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    Happiness is more a cause than a consequence of career success

Happiness is more a cause than a consequence of career success

Is happiness a consequence or a cause of career success? Lisa C. Walsh, Julia K. Boehm, and Sonja Lyubomirsky find evidence to the latter. However, they warn that hiring visibly cheerful people or pressuring employees to act happy is not the soultion: employers should instead create environments that authentically increase workers’ happiness.

Across the lifespan, society often pushes a subtle […]

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    Generation wars over Brexit – and beyond: how young and old are divided over social values

Generation wars over Brexit – and beyond: how young and old are divided over social values

Pippa Norris explains how generation gaps divide the electorate and mainstream parties. She writes that, while the EU referendum is a prime example of how these divisions play out in the UK, the changing nature of electoral cleavages raises important questions about politics and party competition in Western democracies more generally.

The Brexit decision shocked Britain’s image of itself, and […]

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    Distorted perceptions: how Leavers and Remainers view the economy – and with what consequences

Distorted perceptions: how Leavers and Remainers view the economy – and with what consequences

There is a divide between how Remainers and Leavers perceive the UK’s economic performance and other policy developments, explain Miriam Sorace and Sara B. Hobolt. A major consequence of this lack of agreement about basic facts is that reaching a consensus on how to navigate Brexit becomes even more complicated.

On the 23 June 2016, UK citizens voted to leave […]

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    Can we solve both the economic crisis and the environmental one? Seeking new models in uncertain times

Can we solve both the economic crisis and the environmental one? Seeking new models in uncertain times

Mia Gray and Betsy Donald argue that scholars and policymakers need to explore new regional economic growth models that focus on some of the most important issues of our time, including inequality and climate change.

Our society needs a real conversation about the meaning and nature of economic growth. In a time of populist politics and rising regional discontent, it is […]

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    The economic policies of both Labour and the Conservatives are distressing for British business

The economic policies of both Labour and the Conservatives are distressing for British business

For years, the binary between left and right when it comes to economics meant that the Conservatives were predominantly supported by that sector. This is no longer the case, writes Iain McMenamin, with business now caught in a bind between the left-wing socialist politics of Jeremy Corbyn and the nationalist foreign economic policy of Theresa May.

Politics used to be easy […]

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    Regeneration and segregation in Belfast: rethinking the economics of peacebuilding

Regeneration and segregation in Belfast: rethinking the economics of peacebuilding

Belfast’s physical regeneration since the Good Friday Agreement has had socially and spatially uneven effects, writes Brendan Murtagh, with sites of modernity now sitting uncomfortably close to communities still affected by poverty, division, and violence. He emphasises the centrality of economics in the community relations and peacebuilding agenda, especially in the places left behind.

The latest collapse of the Stormont administration, […]

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    Why dairy products will be more expensive after Brexit, and by how much

Why dairy products will be more expensive after Brexit, and by how much

Britain imports a lot of dairy produce, nearly all of it from the EU. At home, the industry employs a large number of workers from the rest of the EU. Jan Bakker and Nikhil Datta estimate that dairy will become more expensive after Brexit. Even if Britons switch to UK-produced dairy, it will take some years for domestic herds […]