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24 Sep 2008
Colin Robinson discusses his latest book on climate change policy – Climate Change Policy: Challenging the Activists. He argues that there is currently a consensus amongst the political establishment – and amongst the intellectual...
26 Aug 2008
In this video Stephen Copp discusses his recent book The Legal Foundations of Free Markets. In it he brings together some of the world’s leading figures in the field of law and economics to discuss questions that are central to our...
24 Apr 2008
In recent years, debates on international trade policy have focused on the role of the World Trade Organization and the two big political and economic powers – the USA and the EU. This interview profiles a book arguing that this focus must change....
4 Mar 2008
The ‘nanny state’ has expanded in recent years. Politicians and bureaucrats have increasingly sought to restrict what individuals are permitted to do with their own bodies or their own property. In this short talk John Meadowcroft discusses...
18 Dec 2007
Sub-Saharan Africa has received tens of billions of dollars in foreign aid over the last fifty years yet economic development has remained elusive. In many countries absolute poverty has increased and life expectancy has declined. In this short talk...
20 Nov 2007
In this short talk Mark Pennington critiques the belief held by many social democrats that the failure of past government interventions in social and economic life can be explained by the absence of social capital, and that government must...
11 Sep 2007
How is it that so many major, government-sponsored projects can lose so much money? As this short interview makes clear, the answer to this question does not lie with malign intentions on behalf of their promoters in government. In a highly readable...
1 Aug 2007
Helen Johns explains the key arguments her and Paul Ormerod make in their book Happiness, Economics and Public Policy. The publication analyses the economic research that underlies politicians’ growing preoccupation with measures of ‘wellbeing’. In...
26 Jul 2007
Despite his fame, there is still widespread ignorance about the breadth of Adam Smith’s contributions to economics, politics and philosophy. In this short talk Eamonn Butler introduces the life and work of this ‘founder of economics’. He uses...
12 Jul 2007
In this short talk Peter King outlines the main arguments he makes in his book, Choice and the End of Social Housing. He suggests that the provision of housing for the less well off has been dominated by the state for over sixty years. Despite some...
23 May 2007
Throughout history, but particularly in the last century or so, the Catholic Church has developed a formal body of teaching on economics and political matters. Other Christian faiths have absorbed much of that work, as have non-Christians, and thus...
7 Mar 2007
In this short interview John Blundell talks about his paper Waging the War of Ideas, examining how wars of ideas can be waged, using his extensive experience of classical liberal think tanks. John Blundell begins his stimulating collection of...
6 Jul 2004
In Unshackling Accountants , Professor D R Myddelton of Cranfield School of Management looks at the history of and the arguments for and against detailed accounting standards. Myddelton concludes that, while there may be a case for the accounting...