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Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky

Writing for PS since 2003
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Robert Skidelsky, a member of the British House of Lords and Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University, was a non-executive director of the private Russian oil company PJSC Russneft from 2016 to 2021. The author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, he began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Party’s spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, and was eventually forced out of the Conservative Party for his opposition to NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999.

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  1. The Return of Thoughtcrime
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    The Return of Thoughtcrime

    Jan 17, 2023 Robert Skidelsky warns that the British government’s crackdown on peaceful public protest negates the presumption of innocence.

  2. Too Poor for War
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    Too Poor for War

    Nov 8, 2022 Robert Skidelsky & Philip Pilkington explain how the United Kingdom became more vulnerable to external shocks than other Western powers.

  3. Gorbachev’s Tragic Legacy
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    Gorbachev’s Tragic Legacy

    Oct 19, 2022 Robert Skidelsky reflects on the long-term effects of the late Soviet leader’s political and economic reforms.

  4. Requiem for an Empire
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    Requiem for an Empire

    Sep 12, 2022 Robert Skidelsky reflects on Queen Elizabeth II's role preserving Britain's global influence as the head of the Commonwealth.

  5. Mind the Policy Gaps
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    Mind the Policy Gaps

    Aug 22, 2022 Robert Skidelsky worries that policymakers’ increasing specialization threatens the world with catastrophe.

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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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    PS Commentators Respond: Could the “Chinese Century” Belong to India?

    From demographics to trade to GDP growth, China is currently struggling precisely where India seems to be thriving. At a time when the global economy’s center of gravity is shifting to Asia, we asked PS commentators whether India’s rising star will soon outshine China’s.

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    Why Industrial Policy Is Back

    Ricardo Hausmann explains why economic theory has finally begun to catch up with centuries of economic practice.
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    Patriots in Name Only

    Richard K. Sherwin considers the implications of the Republican Party's challenge to the state's power to make and enforce law.
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    Assassinated Are the Peacemakers?

    Nina L. Khrushcheva highlights the grave risks that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would incur by negotiating with Russia.

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