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    Back to Little England?

    Edoardo Campanella

    The United Kingdom's bid to withdraw from the European Union is typically characterized as a dramatic manifestation of British nationalism. In fact, it has almost nothing to do with Britain, and everything to do with English national identity, which has been wandering in the wilderness ever since the fall of Pax Britannica.

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    The Meritocracy Muddle

    Eric Posner

    Although populism in Western democracies is nothing new, resentment toward elites and experts has certainly been on the rise. Does this trend reflect a breakdown in the system, or a system that is actually working too well?

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    The Manufacturing Imperative

    Aug 10, 2011 Dani Rodrik

    To commemorate its founding 25 years ago, PS will be republishing over the coming months a selection of commentaries written since 1994. 

    In the following commentary, Dani Rodrik warned post-industrial countries not to overlook the importance of their manufacturing industries.

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The Meritocracy Muddle

Eric Posner

Although populism in Western democracies is nothing new, resentment toward elites and experts has certainly been on the rise. Does this trend reflect a breakdown in the system, or a system that is actually working too well?

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The Economists’ New Clothes?

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Financial investors like to say that when the tide goes out, one discovers who has been swimming naked. And a decade after the deepest financial crisis in nearly 80 years triggered the Great Recession, journalists, policymakers, and other academics are still pointing fingers at the economics profession.

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A Very Boris Coup

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  4. Chris Patten,
  5. Guy Verhofstadt

Throwing both caution and democratic norms to the wind, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has moved to block any parliamentary challenge to his Brexit agenda. Regardless of whether the country suffers a “hard” Brexit, its politics may already have been irreparably damaged.

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