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The Meaning of Trump

Kevin Albertson The only thing surprising about Trump, is the surprise Last week the world woke to the news that Donald Trump was to be the 45th president of the United States of America. Many were surprised at this result, … Continue reading

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Selling the Country Short

Kevin Albertson A disturbance in the forge The news that Tata Steel (UK) (formerly British Steel) is to shed 1200 jobs in the UK, this news coming on top of SSI’s closure of Teeside’s last iron and steel plant, are … Continue reading

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Can Corbyn help the UK avoid the Ice-cream Seller Problem?

Kevin Albertson There is an example of market failure in Economics called, as the title of this blog suggests, “The Ice-cream Seller Problem” (a.k.a. Hotelling’s Law). Consider a long strand of sand evenly covered with holidaying people. A reasonable proportion … Continue reading

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Dis Utilities

Kevin Albertson Electrical charging Keep the home fires burning | From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository In the media last month we read the unsurprising news that privatised utilities corporations are not necessarily putting value for money for their … Continue reading

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Desperately Seeking Kuznets

Kevin Albertson What goes up … In 1955, the economist Simon Kuznets[1] put forward the hypothesis that, as an economy develops, market forces first increase, then decrease inequality – or at the least, that is what many suppose his hypothesis … Continue reading

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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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