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Harold James

Harold James

Writing for PS since 2001
199 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 War of Words.

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  1. What Really Brought Down Truss?
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    What Really Brought Down Truss?

    Oct 21, 2022 Harold James says there’s more to the story than the clash between fiscal and monetary policies.

  2. Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Sep 23, 2022 Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.

  3. Can Truss Be Trusted with the Bank of England?
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    Can Truss Be Trusted with the Bank of England?

    Sep 2, 2022 Harold James thinks Britain’s likely next prime minister has a point in her criticism of the UK’s monetary policymakers.

  4. A Decade of “Whatever It Takes”
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    A Decade of “Whatever It Takes”

    Jul 26, 2022 Harold James considers the implications of the European Central Bank's new Transmission Protection Instrument.

  5. All That Is Solid Melts into Inflation
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    All That Is Solid Melts into Inflation

    Jul 5, 2022 Harold James shows how episodes of price instability can both reflect and accelerate broader systemic breakdowns.

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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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