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How to Run the Country on Video

By Kevin Albertson Last month, on the 21st of April to be precise, the authors of the How to Run the Country Manual gave a series of short talks outlining their thoughts on the challenges facing the UK. Gary Pollock … Continue reading

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Don’t mess with the NHS

By Kevin Albertson Blurred lines? Meddling with the NHS is an accident waiting to happen. Benjamin Ellis, CC BY Britain’s National Health Service is a key battleground for the general election campaign. But politicians must beware tinkering with their thinking … Continue reading

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How to Run the Country

In the last wee while you may well have wondered what had happened to “Economics without the con”; perhaps you might not have noticed our pause in analysis. Well, whether you missed us or not, we are back, and with … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism: dangerous myths and/or frightening realities? Part 4

A blog in four parts by Paul Kennedy: MMU Visiting Research Fellow and formally Reader in Sociology – with Kevin Albertson Part 4. Pondering the imponderables In our series of blogs [1, 2 and 3] we have questioned the sustainability … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism: dangerous myths and/or frightening realities? Part 3

A blog in four parts by Paul Kennedy: MMU Visiting Research Fellow and formally Reader in Sociology – with Kevin Albertson Part 3. Follow the money In last week’s blog we considered the topic of motivations and their role in … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism: dangerous myths and/or frightening realities? Part 2

A blog in four parts by Paul Kennedy: MMU Visiting Research Fellow and formally Reader in Sociology – with Kevin Albertson Part 2: On markets and motivations In last week’s blog we argued that a consideration of markets, without regard … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism: dangerous myths and/or frightening realities? Part 1

A blog in four parts by Paul Kennedy: MMU Visiting Research Fellow and formally Reader in Sociology – with Kevin Albertson Part 1: Neoliberalism – How’s it doing anyway? Neoliberalism[1] draws us into a discourse which promises, even guarantees, enhanced … Continue reading

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Unimaginative Economics

In 2008 Queen Elizabeth asked of a group of eminent economists at the LSE why they had not foreseen the global financial crisis. The response, to all intents and purposes, was that economists had not thought such a thing might … Continue reading

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The ‘inefficient’ economics of Fathers’ Day

Recently I, along with many others no doubt, received a Fathers’ Day card. I found this particularly gratifying as I had told the sender, wee Jimmy, that he didn’t have to send me a Fathers’ day card – I had … Continue reading

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Between a rock and a hard place: After the EU elections

The EU elections revealed a further surge of support for right wing ‘rejectionist, nativist, nationalist’ (Rawnsley 2014)i and sometimes racist policies. But this wasn’t only about immigrants. There was also disillusionment with the idea of European Unity per se and … Continue reading

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