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  • 3 Apr 2020
    Ben Marsh

    Silk in the Atlantic World – a dream unravelled?

    How we understand and respond to failure is one of the most defining features of how our lives pan out. Some people refuse to fail. Some people expect to fail. Some people always hide from their own failings (most of these currently seem to be in politics). Others always look for failings in themselves, or […]

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  • 12 Mar 2020
    Francine McKenzie

    GATT: A Despised Do-Gooding Organization

    The World Trade Organization has always had more critics than champions.  These days, the charges that are made against the WTO include that it has overstepped its authority, that it impedes the ability of members to set their own trade policies, and, paradoxically, that it has been unable to deal effectively with China.  The recent […]

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  • 12 Nov 2019
    Ewout Frankema, Anne Booth

    Financing Colonial Rule in Asia and Africa

    No state can do without taxation. States need to pay for bureaucrats, soldiers, policemen, infrastructure, and the more ambitious ones also pay for schools, hospitals and social security programs. Fiscal capacity forms the backbone of the state, and both sovereign and colonial regimes confront the revenue imperative. But how, in the case of colonial rule, […]

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  • 14 Dec 2017
    Vito Tanzi

    What economic role should the state promote in a market economy?

    Vito Tanzi, renowned economist and author of Termites of the State, discusses the industrialized world's economic development during the 20th century to today...

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  • 5 May 2015
    Portrait of King William III by Sir Godfrey Kneller
    Moshe A. Milevsky

    The Earliest Bonds Died With You

    Moshe Milevsky, author of King William's Tontine (2015), looks back to 17th Century finance for 21st Century economic solutions.

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