Ryan Bourne
11 November 2015
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How large were cuts to government spending during the last parliament? The answer may surprise you. Overall real expenditure fell by just 2.9 per cent between 2010-11 and 2014-15. Later in the month...
Ryan Bourne
11 March 2015
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We should have called 2010 ‘The Phoney Election’. Right up until polling day, our wannabe political leaders were debating the desirability of £6 billion worth of ‘efficiency...
David B. Smith
21 January 2015

This article is based on David B. Smith’s Politeia paper ‘The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?’.   Some politicians have asserted that Britain’s...
Ryan Bourne
29 December 2014

The fallout from the Autumn Statement has mainly revolved around one Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) graph and the words of an excitable BBC journalist. The now infamous ‘Chart 1.1...
Mark Littlewood
12 March 2013

British Chancellor George Osborne and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron received a timely reminder today that their tough-sounding rhetoric about getting the nation's public finances...
Carlo Stagnaro
10 March 2013

  Italy had its general election on February 25-26. The centre-left coalition led by the Democratic Party’s Pier Luigi Bersani obtained a large majority in the Chamber - where the...
Ruth Porter
16 February 2012
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To hear First Minister Alex Salmond tell it, gaining independence from the U.K. is the most pressing issue facing Scots. But a look at the state of the Scottish economy, with public spending...
Kristian Niemietz
17 January 2012

With a clear majority, the House of Lords has voted against the proposed changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), the successor of Incapacity Benefit. The opponents of the changes, inside...
Philip Booth
13 July 2011
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If you google the phrase 'vicious public spending cuts' you get 64,000 results from UK websites. Even if 32,000 of those are references to articles written by Polly Toynbee, that...
Mark Littlewood
9 February 2011

The furore over relatively modest reductions in public library provision shows the enormous challenge facing those seeking to reduce the size and cost of our bloated state. At an annual cost to...
Mark Littlewood
21 October 2010

The Comprehensive Spending Review deserves a cheer and a half, but not much more than that. The Coalition has developed a welcome single mindedness in getting the public finances under control, but...
Richard Wellings
24 September 2010
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Public sector workers are understandably concerned about the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). Trade union leaders have recently spoken of strikes and civil disobedience against...
John Meadowcroft
1 September 2010

Libertarians have traditionally been sceptical of the case for electoral reform, in large part because there appears to be a relationship between high levels of public spending and the various...
Mark Littlewood
28 July 2010

If you tire quickly of the tediously lengthy build up to Christmas, which starts about now, then heaven help you in dealing with two years of hyperbole about the 2012 Olympics. Even the most...
Daniel J. Mitchell
5 July 2010

Richard Teather
23 June 2010

Over the next year or so the question of which countries best survived the bust is likely to be a major source of argument. Supporters of high taxes are already pointing to predictions...
Toby Baxendale
29 April 2010

Language was created spontaneously and needed no act of creation or sanction by the state – it is owned by each and every one of us. Money was also created this way, but today we have...
Philip Booth
12 April 2010
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All three major parties are entering the election campaign with similar plans for cutting the deficit. The timing and magnitude of proposed deficit cuts are slightly different but all the plans...
Mark Littlewood
29 March 2010
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The current flirtation of the main political parties with cuts cannot hope to solve Britain’s financial problems. We need to take dramatic action and make substantial structural changes over...
the IEA
24 March 2010

“Politicians are not talking seriously about the need for dramatic and speedy cuts in public expenditure. A few billion here and a few billion there are nowhere near enough to restore...