I have now had two enquiries about reading for New Labour and the media, and in particular whether spin has backfired for the party and government. I want to counsel grave caution on this topic; most of the writing is by journalists and is of very variable quality. By all means do Google searches on […]
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I have uploaded to the Library a paper, Arza and Johnson (2004), which will be very useful introductory reading for our seminar on pensions.
This week’s Economist (07-13.10.06) carries a survey (‘The battle for brainpower’, pp. 68ff) which will be of interest, and there is also notice that the next country survey for Britain (essential reading) will be 25.11.06. Bagehot (p. 40) is as usual perceptive about a very contemporary topic, in this case Cameron and the questionable electorability […]
It appears that the special subject primary source project is merely the new name for the old special subject dissertation, and that you are required to have delivered to me by the end of week 4 your title for the dissertation! I’ll try and find out some more about this, but if this is the […]
This year’s Nobel, announced yesterday, has been awarded to Edmund Phelps (Columbia University), the citation being for ‘his analysis of intertemporal tradeoffs in macroeconomic policy’. This sounds dry indeed, but Phelps expectations-augmented Phillips curve (that concerning the inflation-unemployment trade-off) goes right to the heart of the Keynesian-monetarist debate of the late 1960s and 1970s, and […]
Here, as just organised, are the persons responsible for each of the seminars: 1. Matthew, Henry, Ben. 2. Patrick, Antony, Sarah, Henry, Etan 3. Leila, Laura, Etan, Sarah 4. Alistair, Steve, Laura 5. Antony, Henry, Etan, Patrick 6. All, sans Henry and Laura 7. Laura, Alistair, Ed, Ben, Patrick, Steve 8. Sarah, Patrick, Ed, Alistair, […]
The current issue of Prospect, 127 (October 2006) has a series of very relevant pieces on the theme of the ‘end of the Blair show’, pp. 22-40. I also profited from reading David Willetts on what he thinks the Conservative Party have learnt from New Labour. Having watched some of the party faithful at Bournemouth […]
This is the first of a series of supplements to the unit handbook: Lecture 7: Interwar motor vehicles The following provides useful historical and cross-country context, and in particular has a useful section on the demand for consuer durables. I have made table 8 of this article an ESH dataset, EH210.xls.
This is the first of a series of supplements to the unit handbook: General: Jenkins, S. (2006) Thatcher & sons: a revolution in three acts. London: Penguin. pub. October Governance debates: Hood, C. and Heald, D. (eds) (2006) Transparency: the key to better governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pensions: Banks, J. (2006) ?Economic capabilities, choices […]
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