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The Great Regression

Under the stewardship of Heinrich Geiselberger, 15 left-wing intellectuals give a realistic view of the current polit- ical situation in Europe, and all over the world. The situation is alarming: the fall of communism in 1989 led to the victory of neo-liberalism, which led to a hyper-in- dividualisation of citizens and, in turn, an apparently…

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The Future of National Development Banks

In the wake of the 2007/09 Global Financial Crisis, policy-makers worldwide turned to National Development Banks (NDBs) and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), as the private financial system proved too pro-cyclical, lending too much in booms, and rationing credit during crises. The two Columbia University economists Stephany Griffith-Jones and José Antonio Ocampo (previously Minister of Finance…

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The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics

Historically, the US state of Wisconsin was a laboratory of progressive ideas: very early, it implemented a progressive income tax and stringent child-labour laws; later, the first unemployment-insurance program in the US. In The Fall of Wisconsin however, Wisconsin native Dan Kaufman provides a warning account of how these progressive traditions were undone and turned…

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Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Who’s the author? Angela Davis is a Black activist, scholar and writer born in 1944. In “Freedom is a Constant Struggle”, she underlines the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. Why should you read this book? – To reconnect a variety of subjects that are often treated…

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This is London

« I have to see everything for myself. I don’t trust statistics. I don’t trust columnists » Who’s the author? Ben Judah is an acclaimed foreign correspondent who has chosen to turn his reporter’s gaze on the citywhere he was born: London. Why should you read this book? – To discover the new face of London, beyond…

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A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy

Released: November, 2016 “A Culture of Growth” is an insightful quest into the economic history of the last five centuries. Mokyr’s historical laboratory is early modern Europe, when a small mass of highly skilled artisans, entrepreneurs, financiers and merchants laid the roots of what was to become the Industrial Revolution. While institutions and technology are…

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Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century

Editor: Bodley Head, London, 2016 The tradition school-book portrayal of the international balance of power has long painted global peace as the product of a bipolar world and a Cold War, won by the USA against the USSR in 1991. This portrayal is somewhat lacking because it leaves out China. Although a titan of history,…

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Economics rules: Why Economics Works, When It Fails, and How To Tell The Difference

Released: October, 2015 Although lesser known to the general public than Joseph Stiglitz or Paul Krugman, Dani Rodrik is one the most prominent professors of political economy in the United States. His interventions on the evolution of the international economy are authoritative. In “Economics Rules”, Rodrik takes a break from commenting on global trends and…

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Smart Citizens, Smarter State: the technologies of expertise and the future of governing

Editor: Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2015 Ideas about the relationship between technology and politics remain in constant evolution amongst progressive intellectuals. Marx’s vision of the dissolving of political conflict into an administration of things, strongly influenced by the industrialism of Saint-Simon, doesn’t win many over. But the possibility of improving workers purchasing power offered by…

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