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Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Writing for PS since 2000
149 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. Free Hong Kong's Fiercest Defender
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    Free Hong Kong's Fiercest Defender

    Dec 19, 2022 Chris Patten condemns the Chinese puppet government’s crackdown on journalists and publishers – and on one in particular.

  2. Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Dec 1, 2022 Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.

  3. The Only Direction for Xi’s Dictatorship
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    The Only Direction for Xi’s Dictatorship

    Oct 17, 2022 Chris Patten explains why the Chinese leader’s third term will pose a growing threat to the country’s economy.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    A Subsidy War Without Winners

    Andrés Velasco calls on policymakers to avoid petty conflicts and work together to encourage green investments.
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    Japan’s New Security Posture Is Abe’s Legacy

    Taniguchi Tomohiko explains how the government’s ambitious defense agenda expands on the late prime minister’s ideas.
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    For the Common Good

    Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.
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    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.
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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
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    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.
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    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.

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