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In the screeds of prose currently being written about Barack Obama’s re-election and what it might or might not mean for UK politics, it is the economy, stupid, that stands out as most perplexing.

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Some interesting new research [PDF] has been published by the US Congressional Research Service on the impact of changes to the top rate of tax and economic growth.

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This week its Obama’s turn in the spotlight, as the Democrats assemble for their national convention. What are his chances of re-election for a second term?

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It may be a little too much to claim that a reformation is underway in economic theory, but the protracted global economic crisis has brought thinkers previously considered heterodox increasingly into the mainstream of policy discussions, while currents of thinking … Continue reading

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I’m away for a summer break, so I thought I’d sign out from this blog for a couple of weeks with some holiday reading tips. 

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A very Happy Xmas to all the readers of this blog. For those with a little time on their hands over the holidays, here are some reflections on the research and writing that I have found inspirational and useful in … Continue reading

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It’s a commonplace to say that an incumbent government’s electoral fortunes rest on economic performance more than anything else (summed up in the Clinton war-room cliché, “it’s the economy, stupid”). Anticipating tomorrow’s release of the Q2 2011 GDP figures, Julian … Continue reading

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Centrist US republicans are in turmoil this morning. Just yesterday, a friend of mine in a US think-tank wrote me this rather prescient email.

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