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    Book Review: The Case for a Job Guarantee by Pavlina R. Tcherneva

Book Review: The Case for a Job Guarantee by Pavlina R. Tcherneva

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In The Case for a Job Guarantee, Pavlina R. Tcherneva argues that a job guarantee that provides an employment opportunity to anyone looking for work, regardless of their personal circumstances or the state of the economy, not only makes good economic sense, but is vital for people’s wellbeing. As discussions of a universal job guarantee have never been timelier, […]

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    Book Review: The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy by Stephanie Kelton

Book Review: The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy by Stephanie Kelton

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In The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy, Stephanie Kelton dispels six key myths that have shaped the conventional understanding of deficits as inherently bad, instead arguing that deficits can strengthen economies and lead to faster growth. This book is a triumph, writes Professor Hans G. Despain, shifting normative grounds of government spending […]

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    Reshoring in the age of coronavirus: beware of the hurdles in leaving China

Reshoring in the age of coronavirus: beware of the hurdles in leaving China

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Companies cannot expect to simply pack up shop, lock the doors, turn out the lights, and move back home, writes Rosemary Coates.

We are in a global crisis. It’s a matter of life and death. There are still shortages of supplies and equipment around the world including acute shortages in America. We know there is plenty of manufacturing capability around […]

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    Book Review: Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist by Alexander Zevin

Book Review: Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist by Alexander Zevin

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In Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist, Alexander Zevin traces the 177-year history of the Economist newspaper, positioning the Economist not only as a lens for understanding reinterpretations of liberalism across different eras, but also as an active participant in influencing policy and public debate. This is a rigorous and meticulously researched study of the Economist’s […]

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    An unequal labor market means that COVID-19 has been especially harmful for vulnerable groups including people with disabilities.

An unequal labor market means that COVID-19 has been especially harmful for vulnerable groups including people with disabilities.

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Employment across the world has taken a huge hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle Maroto and David Pettinicchio write that existing inequalities in earnings and employment mean that individuals with disabilities and other vulnerable groups have been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures taken to combat its spread have created huge […]

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    Book Review: Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy by Alexandrea Ravenelle

Book Review: Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy by Alexandrea Ravenelle

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In Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy, Alexandrea Ravenelle offers a new ethnographic study that examines working life for people in the gig economy that was so lauded as a way out of unemployment after the 2008 financial crisis, focusing on Uber, TaskRabbit, Kitchensurfing and AirBnB. Johannes Lenhard praises the breadth of sectors covered and […]

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    Who will foot the bill for COVID-19 bailouts? The much-derided public sector  

Who will foot the bill for COVID-19 bailouts? The much-derided public sector  

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With bailouts for Big Finance and tax-sheltered corporations, Inderjeet Parmar and Atul Shah write that working people are paying the costs of the crisis. They comment that the pandemic presents an opportunity to rethink social and economic policies and our relationship with markets, corporations and capitalist institutions.

The global pandemic is bringing working people to their knees, and on to their […]

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    Meatpackers are deeply vulnerable to COVID-19. Expect a reckoning for US workers

Meatpackers are deeply vulnerable to COVID-19. Expect a reckoning for US workers

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As COVID-19 progresses, it will probably catalyse a long-overdue reckoning with the core structures of the political economy. This will be particularly important for the beleaguered meatpackers in the United States, writes Paul Apostolidis.

“The guy at the plant said they had to work to feed America.” That’s what The New York Times reported Willie Martin said about his mother, […]

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    The Covid-19 pandemic shines a spotlight on the systemic risk to global business

The Covid-19 pandemic shines a spotlight on the systemic risk to global business

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This crisis is a metaphor for our general failure to entertain, let alone take actions to mitigate, global systemic risk, writes Leslie Willcocks.

Commentators have suggested that the global economy and just about everything else will be irreversibly changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. There will be a before-coronavirus and an after-coronavirus world. Ironically, with a few exceptions […]

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    Long Read: Why Trump’s trade tariffs may mean he faces a rusty road to reelection

Long Read: Why Trump’s trade tariffs may mean he faces a rusty road to reelection

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Two years ago President Trump introduced tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports, ostensibly to protect US jobs and markets. Mark S. Langevin writes that these tariffs – and China’s retaliation against US soybean exports – may have hit communities in swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin the hardest, potentially making his road to reelection rockier this year.

President […]

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