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Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Writing for PS since 2000
146 commentaries
3 videos & podcasts

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs, is Chancellor of the University of Oxford and the author of The Hong Kong Diaries (Allen Lane, 2022).

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  1. The Faith-Based Reaganomics of Liz Truss
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    The Faith-Based Reaganomics of Liz Truss

    Sep 29, 2022 Chris Patten argues that the UK government's new fiscal plan is reckless and may lead to an economic crisis.

  2. Brexit Britain Confronts Reality
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    Brexit Britain Confronts Reality

    Aug 18, 2022 Chris Patten holds out little hope that political leaders will offer voters an honest assessment of the country’s problems.

  3. The Pathologies of Long Boris
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    The Pathologies of Long Boris

    Jul 20, 2022 Chris Patten shows how the disgraced prime minister’s mendacious populism is shaping the race to succeed him.

  4. China Has Made Me Invisible
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    China Has Made Me Invisible

    Jun 24, 2022 Chris Patten is not surprised by the CPC authorities’ ongoing attempts to rewrite Hong Kong’s history.

  5. China’s Cardinal Sins in Hong Kong
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    China’s Cardinal Sins in Hong Kong

    May 25, 2022 Chris Patten thinks the installation of a hardline chief executive and the arrest of a senior Catholic cleric mark a new low.

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    Liz Truss vs. the Bank of England

    Shang-Jin Wei explains how UK policymakers can prevent a financial crisis by helping pensioners and homeowners.
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    What’s Happened to China’s Economy?

    Zhang Jun worries that weakened incentives for local-government policy innovation are undermining dynamism and growth.
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    Women, Life, Freedom, and the Left

    Slavoj Žižek

    Four recent global news stories have revealed the varieties of women’s empowerment, showing how the politics of sex and gender can either challenge or reinforce existing power structures. For Western liberals, understanding these dynamics will be crucial to beating back the new right.

    shows how four recent news events highlight the failings of Western progressives to counter the far right.
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    Toward a Progressive Economic Agenda

    Mariana Mazzucato

    Past policy failures and unmet populist promises represent an opportunity for progressive leaders. But to win power, they must articulate a coherent alternative economic-policy program, focusing not only on redistribution but also on wealth and value creation.

    offers a five-pronged policy blueprint for the left to counter populism and recover electoral relevance.
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    The Gorbachev Diagnosis

    Daniel Yergin revisits a 2001 interview with the former Soviet leader to consider where things went awry for Russia.
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    The Canary in the Inflation Coal Mine

    Jonathan D. Ostry explains why central banks should pay much greater attention to shipping costs.
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    The Crumbling Nuclear Taboo

    Beatrice Fihn urges countries to refrain from responding to Russia's nuclear threats with nuclear threats of their own.
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    The Trussonomics Warning

    Jason Furman explains why all policies intended to help one group must nowadays come at the expense of other groups.
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    The Kremlin’s Suicidal Imperialism

    Nina L. Khrushcheva argues that the illegal annexation of four more Ukrainian territories will handicap future Russian leaders.

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