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From New Deal to the art of the deal: how the neoliberal project led to Trump

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017

Toby Carroll, City University of Hong Kong and Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente, Leiden University The last fortnight has yielded three spectacles reflecting the demise of the left, the rise...

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Society

Donald Trump and the return of class: an interview with Francis Fukuyama

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy FRANCIS FUKUYAMA and NATALIA KOULINKA 20 January 2017 “What is happening in the politics of the US particularly, but also in other...

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Politics

The Middle East’s Next Moment of Reckoning

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Larry Diamand and Hesham Sallam STANFORD – When the “Arab Spring” erupted in December 2010, advocates for change in the Arab world had reason...

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Geopolitics

Adrift in Trump’s New Century

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ana Palacio WASHINGTON, DC – The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm famously called the period between Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s...

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From New Deal to the art of the deal: how the neoliberal project led to Trump

From New Deal to the art of the deal: how the neoliberal project led to Trump

Jan 21, 2017

Toby Carroll, City University of Hong Kong and Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente, Leiden University The last fortnight has yielded three spectacles reflecting the demise of the left, the rise of a new reactionary right and a novel political era more generally. Outgoing US President Barack Obama’s “Yes we did” speech was a fitting liberal – in the anaemic and disconnected...

Adrift in Trump’s New Century

Adrift in Trump’s New Century

Jan 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ana Palacio WASHINGTON, DC – The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm famously called the period between Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in 1914 and the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 the “short twentieth century.” For Hobsbawm, the end of the Cold War marked a new and distinct era in world affairs. Now, with more...

Trump, Corporatism, and the Dearth of Innovation

Trump, Corporatism, and the Dearth of Innovation

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Edmund S. Phelps Disaffected voters are behind both changes. For decades, Americans believed that they were riding a magic carpet of economic growth, owing to advances in science and, later, to the rise of Silicon Valley. In fact, growth in total factor productivity has been slow since the early 1970s. The 1996-2004 Internet...

From Economic Analysis to Inclusive Growth

From Economic Analysis to Inclusive Growth

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Kemal Derviş and Karim Foda WASHINGTON, DC – Most economies are seeking a recipe for inclusive economic growth, whereby high rates of investment, rapid innovation, and strong GDP gains are pursued alongside measures to reduce income inequality. Conservatives insist that growth requires low taxes and incentives such as...

The wrongs of counter-violence

The wrongs of counter-violence

Jan 20, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy In the event of a major ISIS-inspired action in Britain, what principles do far-sighted – and brave – politicians need to observe? By PAUL ROGERS 20 January 2017 Another 7/7-type attack in the United Kingdom is likely. In the aftermath, it will be essential to respond carefully with responses that seek to explain the...

Donald Trump and the return of class: an interview with Francis Fukuyama

Donald Trump and the return of class: an interview with Francis Fukuyama

Jan 20, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy FRANCIS FUKUYAMA and NATALIA KOULINKA 20 January 2017 “What is happening in the politics of the US particularly, but also in other countries, is that identity in a form of nationality or ethnicity or race has become a proxy for class.” In 1989, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s essay “The End of History?”...

Trump Trade Strategy Unclear

Trump Trade Strategy Unclear

Jan 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. Anis Chowdhury, a former professor of economics at the...

The Middle East’s Next Moment of Reckoning

The Middle East’s Next Moment of Reckoning

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Larry Diamand and Hesham Sallam STANFORD – When the “Arab Spring” erupted in December 2010, advocates for change in the Arab world had reason to be hopeful. But, as we continued to see in 2016, authoritarianism has returned, most notably in Egypt, which is now ruled by a repressive military-backed dictatorship. Meanwhile,...

Taming the Chaebols

Taming the Chaebols

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Lee Jong-Wha SEOUL – The indictment of Lee Jae-yong, the heir apparent at Samsung, is but the latest explosive development in the political scandal that has been rocking South Korea. Already, the National Assembly voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, the daughter of former president Park Chung-hee, on December 9. The...

Were UN Plans to Ban Nukes Pre-empted by Trump?

Were UN Plans to Ban Nukes Pre-empted by Trump?

Jan 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Andy Hazel   UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 2017 (IPS) – UN member states wanting to ban nuclear weapons may make little headway in 2017, after US President-elect Donald Trump pre-empted their agreement by proposing to expand the United States nuclear arsenal. In one of their final decisions of...

Trumping Capitalism?

Trumping Capitalism?

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States is widely seen as the beginning of the end of the post-1945 capitalist order that became globally dominant after the Cold War’s end. But is it possible that Trumpism is actually the end of the beginning? Could Trump’s victory...

Chinese President Xi Claims Global Leadership – Discreetly

Chinese President Xi Claims Global Leadership – Discreetly

Jan 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Excerpts From Speech at World Economic Forum Following are detailed excerpts from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic 45-minute speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 18, 2017 in which he calls for a world free of all nuclear weapons, and a global...

Trump’s Alternative Ethical Universe

Trump’s Alternative Ethical Universe

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Lucy P. Marcus LONDON – From the moment Donald Trump entered the US presidential race, the potential for an unprecedented array of ethics violations, stemming from his global business interests, has been a ticking time bomb, set to detonate on January 20, 2017. Plenty of other liberal democracies have experienced elements of...

Can Saudi Arabia Reform Itself?

Can Saudi Arabia Reform Itself?

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Bernard Haykel PRINCETON – In 2017, Saudi Arabia will continue to pursue the two key goals that King Salman set when he acceded to the throne in January 2015: to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil revenues and government spending; and to position the Kingdom as a regional hegemon that can meet any threat, especially from...

Economic Crises and the Crisis of Economics

Economic Crises and the Crisis of Economics

Jan 18, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Paola Subacchi LONDON – Is the economics profession “in crisis”? Many policymakers, such as Andy Haldane, the Bank of England’s chief economist, believe that it is. Indeed, a decade ago, economists failed to see a massive storm on the horizon, until it culminated in the most destructive global financial crisis in nearly 80...

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