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Harold James

Harold James

Writing for PS since 2001
184 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

Harold James is Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University. A specialist on German economic history and on globalization, he is a co-author of The Euro and The Battle of Ideas, and the author of The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle, Krupp: A History of the Legendary German FirmMaking the European Monetary Union, and the forthcoming The War of Words.

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  1. Good Inflation
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    Good Inflation

    Jun 2, 2021 Harold James thinks today's price trends are sending a clear and necessary message to consumers and policymakers alike.

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    The Coming Food Fight

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused hunger to spike, highlighting the need for radical reforms of the global food system to ensure its long-term resilience. But many fear that the United Nations Food Systems Summit on September 23 will entrench the current inequitable status quo instead of delivering real change.

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    Where Has All the Money Gone?

    Robert Skidelsky

    Quantitative easing risks generating its own boom-and-bust cycles, and can thus be seen as an example of state-created financial instability. Governments must now abandon the fiction that central banks create money independently from government, and must themselves spend the money created at their behest.

    explains why a decade of quantitative easing by central banks has merely fueled financial instability.
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