Today’s Guardian has a predictable piece on the timidity of New Labour by Martin Jacques, former editor of Marxism Today (also formerly a lecturer in economic history in this department). This contains the very good news that this most important magazine (which ceased publication in 1991, and gave us Hall and Jacques 1983 on the […]
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Politics just got very interesting If you have a look at today’s Guardian, the lead article (‘Cameron told it’s time to ditch Churchill’) trails a forthcoming Centre for Social Justice pamphlet by Greg Clark, a Cameron policy adviser (who is overseeing the comprehensive policy review) and member of the shadow Cabinet, which suggests some interesting […]
It has been pointed out that the dataset mentioned in the CdB handbook on the interwar balance of payments does not appear to be on the old BEPP web site anymore. I have uploaded it as Cdb06tab0306-Interwar-Balance-of-payments.xls and placed it in the Data Store for you.
The announcement of Milton Friedman’s death (16.11.06) has been accompanied by much comment (albeit of very variable quality) about his contribution to the revival of neo-liberalism and his campaign against Keynesian economics. One of the HET lists I subscribe to includes a collection of articles on Friedman and his contribution to politics and economics on […]
The latest issue of Oxford Review of Economic Policy* has the theme ‘Fiscal restraints and the welfare state’. You’ll find the following particularly useful: Scruggs, L. (2006) ?The generosity of social insurance, 1971-2002?, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 22 (3), pp. 349-64. Boltho, A. and Glyn, A. (2006) ?Prudence or profligacy: deficits, debt and fiscal […]
1. Just checking thateveryone does knows about Google Scholar? This is the quickest way of finding recent academic literature on a topic. You can then use Google proper to search the web. 2. In compiling the handbook for ‘Rich Store of Stupid Decisions’, my third-year LRU which some of you are taking next term, I […]
Browsing through the Treasury’s web site for some fiscal policy materials for my third-year LRU ‘A Rich Store of Stupid Decisions’ I came across a link to a set of lectures held in the Treasury between 2004-5 on microeconomic issues in public policy. These have been collected together in Microeconomic Overview of Public Policy. The […]
ERM seminar The two papers I mentioned are: Barrell, R. et al. (1993) ?When the time was right?: the UK experience of the ERM?, National Institute of Economic and Social Research Discussion Paper, no. 58. Masson, R.T. (1995) ?Gaining and losing ERM credibility: the case of the United Kingdom?, Economic Journal, 105 (4), pp. 571-82.
Last week’s Economist (28.10.06) had a couple of pieces that are particularly relevant: Bagehot, p. 48 refers to a Policy Exchange report, ‘2056: What future for Maggie’s children’, which shows the Tories are beginning to think more deeply about generational conflicts in politics. I have added the URL for this think-tank to our Links page; […]