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With Boris Johnson’s improbable ascendance as Britain’s new prime minister, the absurdity of British politics in the age of Brexit has plumbed new depths. In this special double issue of On Point, Edoardo Campanella seeks to uncover the deeper forces behind Johnson’s rise, and Nicholas Reed Langen anticipates the consequences of his victory.

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  1. The Victoria Delusion
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    The Victoria Delusion

    Jul 26, 2019 Edoardo Campanella reviews recent histories of the Victorian era for a glimpse into the oblivious mind of the Brexiteer.

  2. Misrule Britannia
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    Misrule Britannia

    Jul 26, 2019 Nicholas Reed Langen considers what leaving the European Union will mean for the United Kingdom’s constitutional arrangements.

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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.
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    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
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    Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

    Anne O. Krueger argues that meeting protesters' demand would weaken US universities – one of America’s sources of strength.
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    The US-China Trade War Heats Up

    A spate of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has raised the specter of full economic decoupling between the world’s two largest economies. For many observers, the measures are not only misguided, but also counter-productive, with the potential to undermine economic dynamism, hamper climate action, and trigger geopolitical conflict.

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    The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

    Raghuram G. Rajan

    Economically, India today feels like a place of limitless possibilities. But with only a narrow window in which to grow rich before it grows old, the policy decisions it makes today will have an outsize influence on its future prospects.

    worries that the country will squander its massive potential by trying to emulate China's growth strategy.
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    How Europe Can Get the Green Deal Done

    Simone Tagliapietra proposes EU-level measures that would help offset the negative distributional effects of climate policy.
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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.

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