Thursday, January 29, 2015
  1. The Bookies and the British Election

    Chris Patten

    The Bookies and the British Election

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     examines why the vote in May is too close to call.

    Newsart for The Bookies and the British Election James Blunt/Flickr

    The British general election in May is too close to call, mainly owing to declining support for the two major parties, Labour and the Conservatives, and the rise of populist parties on their flanks. So, though economic recovery should benefit Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, that might not be enough to ensure victory. READ MORE

  2. Russia’s Preemptive Counter-Revolution

    Alexander Etkind
  3. China’s Reform Stalemate

    Keyu Jin

    China’s Reform Stalemate

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     describes how bureaucrats are subtly resisting the shift in power from government to markets.

    Chess pieces stalemate Harikrishnan Bhaskaran/Flickr

    China’s reform program has reached an impasse, with fundamental conflicts of interest and subtle resistance mechanisms blocking progress. Until these barriers to change are removed, there is little hope that China’s slowing economy can rely on reforms to give it the push it needs. READ MORE

  4. How France Will Reform

    Manuel Valls

    How France Will Reform

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     explains the goals and priorities shaping the French government's policy agenda.

    Eiffel tower Sathish J/Flickr

    As globalization transforms the world economy, France must adapt in order to enable its businesses to compete abroad as well as at home. But reform does not mean giving in to external pressure, or giving up what makes France French. READ MORE

  5. Emperor Xi’s Dilemma

    Chris Patten

    Emperor Xi’s Dilemma

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     argues that the success of China's anti-corruption drive presupposes a more open society.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping Li Xueren/ZumaPress

    China has increasingly sought to project the success of its markets-and-mandarins development model. But, as China’s economy slows this year, President Xi Jinping is likely to discover that there really is a link between a society’s openness and the sustainability of its economic success. READ MORE

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