Habiba, a shepherd in rural Lebanon. (Credit: UN Women/Joe Saade/Flickr)

Will the next economic miracle happen in the Middle East?

In recent years, after the Arab Spring events of 2010 and beyond, civil wars and disarray in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen have...
Shanghai skyline at night. (Credit: outcast85/Bigstock)

Globalisation in a new form

The main theme of 2017’s conference in Davos, Switzerland, is globalisation, a theme that has been zealously advocated by developed countries. But today globalisation...
misperceptions

Political misperceptions and their causes: Suggestions for research

The extent of misperceptions of political events and developments is assumed to be largely determined by the rate of press freedom characterising each country...
worker and peasant

Good and bad GDP: Output fall in transition economies and the dead rat effect

Good jokes should be funny, but more importantly, should carry a message. The following is one of the most famous jokes in economics, and...
exchange rate

Macroeconomic policies for inclusive growth in Southern countries

The idea of this project is to analyse what kind of macroeconomic policy is most conducive to growth in developing countries and to investigate...
Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker announce progress in Brexit negotiations, December 2017. (Credit: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/Flickr)

The teething problems of a multipolar world order

2017 was a year of historical reflection. Looking back, the revolutionary process initiated in 1917 not only altered the international system’s structure of power...
cyber capitalism

Communicating ‘cyber capitalism with Chinese characteristics’

As with many characteristics of China, whether political or economic, the Chinese internet has distinctive features. China’s state-supported e-commerce mega-corporations – notably Alibaba and...
The Googleplex in Mountain View, California. (Credit: Robbie Shade/Flickr)

Political systems as pragmatic cybernetics

It is always difficult for policy to deal with systemic change. But systemic changes should not be seen as threats but as opportunities. Whoever exploits...
Contemporary economics: A sinking ship? (Credit: digitalista/Bigstock)

Surreal economics and the language of mind control

The financial crisis of 2008, which exposed how some of the West’s major banks were driven into bankruptcy, ought to have been a historic...
Jean-Claude Juncker during opening of the EU elections campaign on April 27, 2014 in Sofia. (Credit: Anton Chalakov/Bigstock)

The diplomatic revolution in Europe

We often hear that Americans and Europeans share the same values, such as democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. This is certainly true....

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