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William H. Janeway

William H. Janeway

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William H. Janeway, a special limited partner at the private-equity firm Warburg Pincus, is an affiliated lecturer in economics at the University of Cambridge and author of Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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  1. What Drives Innovation?
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    What Drives Innovation?

    Jan 20, 2023 William H. Janeway shows that since the dawn of industrialization, the state has been the prime mover behind technological progress.

  2. The Rise and Fall of the Socially Beneficial Corporation
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    The Rise and Fall of the Socially Beneficial Corporation

    Nov 11, 2022 William H. Janeway traces how neoliberalism transformed the once-expansive role of big business in America's political economy.

  3. What’s Breaking Democracy?
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    What’s Breaking Democracy?

    Sep 16, 2022 William H. Janeway traces the historical roots of the West’s current problems to the rise of neoliberalism in the 1970s.

  4. The Forgotten Origins of Silicon Valley
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    The Forgotten Origins of Silicon Valley

    Apr 15, 2022 William H. Janeway shows how the venture capital industry has always piggybacked on US government investment.

  5. An Entrepreneur and a Swindler
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    An Entrepreneur and a Swindler

    Jan 13, 2022 William H. Janeway considers what Elizabeth Holmes’s fraud conviction says about the state of the broader innovation economy.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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