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    Five minutes with Saskia Sassen: “A good bit of the economic numbers rests on a sort of economic cleansing”

Five minutes with Saskia Sassen: “A good bit of the economic numbers rests on a sort of economic cleansing”

In an interview with Joel Suss, editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, Saskia Sassen discusses the UK’s economic ‘recovery’ and her new book, Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. You can watch the video or listen to the podcast of her recent public lecture at the LSE here.

In the UK many are cheering a return to growth […]

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    Five minutes with John Curtice (part 1): “Almost undoubtedly if Cameron held an EU referendum following a successful renegotiation then the ‘stay in’ side would win”

Five minutes with John Curtice (part 1): “Almost undoubtedly if Cameron held an EU referendum following a successful renegotiation then the ‘stay in’ side would win”

Early last year, David Cameron proposed a new policy on the UK’s membership of the European Union, in which he would renegotiate a new settlement with his fellow European leaders and put the result to the British people in an in/out referendum, should his party emerge victorious at next year’s General Election. In an interview with Democratic Audit’s Sean […]

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    Five minutes with Thomas Piketty: “We don’t need 19th century-style inequality to generate growth in the 21st century”

Five minutes with Thomas Piketty: “We don’t need 19th century-style inequality to generate growth in the 21st century”

In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown and British Politics and Policy at LSE’s editor Joel Suss, Thomas Piketty discusses the rise in income and wealth inequality outlined in his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and what policies should be adopted to prevent us returning to the kind of extreme levels of inequality experienced in Europe prior to the […]

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    Five minutes with Amartya Sen: “I think that Piketty’s conclusions mostly stand”

Five minutes with Amartya Sen: “I think that Piketty’s conclusions mostly stand”

In an interview with British Politics and Policy at LSE’s editor Joel Suss and EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Amartya Sen discusses Thomas Piketty’s recent work, the consequences of widening inequality, and his views on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose BJP party won the country’s 2014 general election.

Thomas Piketty and other academics have documented the growth in income and wealth inequality […]

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    Five minutes with Angus Deaton (Part 2): “Those of us who were lucky enough to be born in the right countries have a moral obligation to reduce poverty and ill health in the world”

Five minutes with Angus Deaton (Part 2): “Those of us who were lucky enough to be born in the right countries have a moral obligation to reduce poverty and ill health in the world”

Angus Deaton recently came to the LSE to discuss his new book, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality. Here he discusses his arguments regarding the usefulness of foreign aid and our moral obligation for reducing poverty and ill health in the world.  In your new book you write that “foreign aid is doing more harm than good and it is undermining countries’ […]

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    Five minutes with Angus Deaton (Part 1): “If the rich can write the rules then we have a real problem”

Five minutes with Angus Deaton (Part 1): “If the rich can write the rules then we have a real problem”

Angus Deaton is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. In this interview, he discusses his new book with Joel Suss, Managing Editor of the British Politics and Policy blog. Your new book is titled “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality”. What is the great escape? What are the origins of inequality? The great escape is two […]

Five minutes with Mariana Mazzucato: “We have socialised the risk of innovation but privatised the rewards”

The public sector is often seen as sclerotic and conservative in contrast with a dynamic and innovative private sector. This assumption lies at the basis of much of the outsourcing of public services to the private sector. In this interview and her new book, Mariana Mazzucato argues against this assessment and in favour of state-led innovation and economic growth. She […]