Columns & Interviews

Robert Skidelsky

No Pain, No Gain For Britain?

The economic historian Niall Ferguson reminds me of the late Oxford historian A.J.P. Taylor. Though Taylor maintained that he tried to tell the truth in his historical writing, he was quite ready to spin the facts for a good cause. Ferguson, too, is … Read More

Carlos Joly

We Need A Tobin Tax To Help Refugees

The tragedy of deaths at sea by refugees from the Middle East wars needs to be addressed resolutely. Europe cannot confront the problem with hesitant policies. Nor is it solely a European problem. The United States is necessarily involved, given its … Read More

Robert Shiller

Inspiring Economic Growth

In his First Inaugural Address, during the depths of the Great Depression, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously told Americans that, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Invoking the Book of Exodus, he went on to say that, “We … Read More

Yanis Varoufakis

A Blueprint For Greece’s Recovery

Months of negotiations between our government and the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the European Central Bank have produced little progress. One reason is that all sides are focusing too much on the strings to be attached to … Read More


Simon Wren-Lewis

On Niall Ferguson Blaming Keynes

A few people have asked me to respond to this FT piece from Niall Ferguson. I was reluctant to, because it is really just a bit of triumphalist Tory tosh. That such things get published in the Financial Times is unfortunate but I’m afraid not … Read More

Carlo Bordoni

Crisis: A Bloody Sacrifice

Crisis inevitably has a negative outcome on society as a whole: not only does it help to increase social inequality, but it is a major cause of devastating personal tragedies. Economic collapse, job loss, the inevitable family problems, the stress … Read More

Henning Meyer

What Went Wrong For Labour In The UK Election?

I have hardly slept since yesterday evening and have been glued to the TV and laptop screens to watch the events of the most unpredictable UK general election in generations unfold. There has been hectic soul-searching after the resignation of Labour … Read More

Dani Rodrik

TTIP And The War Of Trade Models

There is an interesting debate going on in Europe about the likely consequences of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). Much of the real debate is (or should be) about the proposed Investor-State dispute resolution (ISDS) and … Read More

News & Events

David Graeber

A Fair Future Economy

David Graeber came to the RSA to address our current age of ‘total bureaucratization’, in which public and private power has gradually fused into a single entity, rife with rules and regulations, whose ultimate purpose is the extraction of wealth in … Read More


Brexit? Britain In Europe After The General Election

In this episode of Social Europe Talk, recorded in the European Parliament in Brussels, our expert panel disucsses the position of Britain in Europe after the 2015 general election and debates whether we are now heading towards Brexit. Social Europe … Read More

Joseph Stiglitz

The Great Divide

In the video below, recorded at the Politics and Prose book shop in Washington DC, Joseph Stiglitz presents the key arguments of his new book The Great Divide - Unequal Societies and what can be done about them. The publisher describes the new … Read More

Tony Atkinson

Inequality: What Can Be Done?

Increasing inequality is a salient issue in public discourse, but debate often centres on the causes rather than any possible solutions. Introducing his new book, Inequality: what can be done? Professor Atkinson argues we can do much more about … Read More