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Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Writing for PS since 2000
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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.

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    Is the Long-Awaited Constitutional Crisis at Hand?

    Eric Posner Throughout US President Donald Trump's first term, there has been constant hand wringing over a "constitutional crisis" that never arrived. The irony is that an administration led by Joe Biden would almost certainly confront such a crisis, owing to Trump's transformation of the Supreme Court into a right-wing redoubt.  foresees a messy conflict between elected representatives and a staunchly right-wing Supreme Court.
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    Inequality and Its Discontents

    Michael J. Boskin Former US President John F. Kennedy famously proclaimed that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” In a growing economy, the absolute well-being of those near the top and the bottom are positively correlated, so the most important policies to pursue are those that promote strong economic growth and full employment.  examines trends in US income growth and social mobility to determine where the real problems lie.
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