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Steve Davies
9 April 2014
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It would be easy to think that the debate about Britain’s membership of the EU has been done to death. Yet there has been relatively little serious discussion about the alternatives to EU...
Steve Davies
27 January 2014
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A recurring feature of politics is that of politicians and parties claiming to be acting as the heirs of a famous figure from the past. This is a convenient way of identifying the kind of argument...
Steve Davies
21 January 2014
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Yesterday saw the government announce the latest in a line of restrictions on the benefits immigrants can claim. New jobless EU migrants will be denied access to Housing Benefit from April, and will...
Steve Davies
6 December 2013
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  The Chancellor's Autumn Statement certainly contained some good news - but not enough to justify the self-congratulation that we saw, given continued concerns about how well founded the...
Steve Davies
22 November 2013
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  The government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme, soon to enter its second phase, is one of the most misguided and short sighted initiatives ever. It may bring short term benefits to...
Steve Davies
20 August 2013
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There are some ideas that keep on coming back, even though they are foolish and have always had bad results whenever they are tried. Rent control is one of these. Whenever it has been tried it has...
Steve Davies
2 July 2013
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Payday loans and pawnbrokers are a common feature of the nation’s high streets today, as they have been for centuries.  Recently however they have experienced something of a boom. Now they...
Steve Davies
13 June 2013
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Liberalism as a political doctrine has had an enormous amount written about it over the years, mainly by philosophers. Surprisingly, historians, and particularly historians of thought, have had...
Steve Davies
29 April 2013
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In an earlier blog post, Philip Booth discussed the likely scenarios for Scottish monetary policy in the event of Scottish independence and the difficulties, both political and economic, associated...
Steve Davies
7 March 2013
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The government yesterday announced major plans to clamp down on the practices of payday loan companies like Wonga. Although sensibly deciding against a cap on interest rates, restrictions on...
Steve Davies
4 January 2013
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The sight of politicians being forced to make tough decisions and frantically trying to do so in a way that upsets nobody would be grimly entertaining if the consequences were not so frequently...
Steve Davies
1 August 2012
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As noted in the blog post by Philip Booth on 30th July, the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday was well produced and dramatic, with a skillful use of images drawn from popular culture and history...
Steve Davies
3 July 2012
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  In the late 1960s and early 1970s, at the height of the Cultural Revolution unleashed by Mao Tse Tung against his opponents in the Communist Party, China was the Mecca for a whole...
Steve Davies
30 March 2012
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When I heard in 2009 that Elinor Ostrom had won the Nobel Prize for Economics I was delighted and thought it one of the best pieces of news that year, if not the best. My feelings were shared by...
Steve Davies
3 January 2012
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  A lot of people are looking to economic history for help in understanding the current economic situation. Most attention is being paid to the Great Depression of the 1930s, with a slew of...
Steve Davies
22 December 2011
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  The kinds of negotiations and deals made between HMRC and large firms, which have been the subject of much attention lately, are essentially undesirable, especially when one compares this...
Steve Davies
25 October 2011
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Economists notoriously disagree about many things. Trade policy however is an exception. Famously, this is an area of agreement on both theoretical analysis and policy prescription. Such near...
Steve Davies
8 June 2011
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A report recently published by Oxfam received a huge amount of attention. The report argued that world food prices will double over the next thirty years and that the only solution is ‘...
Steve Davies
6 March 2011
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A book by Tyler Cowen is certain to be thought provoking and original. His latest work is no exception and has very serious implications for the future of politics and political debate if his...
Steve Davies
20 January 2011
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The United States Presidency Centre of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study) has just published the results of a survey of 47...