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Recovery cannot save state budgets from politics

During the Great Recession and its aftermath, the economy wreaked havoc on state budget negotiations, forcing tough votes on spending cuts and tax increases. Since then the economy has improved, state tax revenue are growing, and legislatures have more room to maneuver during budget season. Show More Summary

Hun Sen’s Cambodia

That is the new and excellent book by Sebastian Strangio, which you can think of as a post-Sihanouk look at the country from a political economy point of view.  Here are just a few bits: The cruelty and callousness that allowed jilted wives to order and commit such brutal attacks on young women also had […]

Anti-Russian Sanctions Economically, Politically Harmful for Montenegro

On Wednesday, Montenegro joined the EU sanctions regime against Russia. The anti-Russian sanctions are harmful both for the economy of Montenegro and the political ties between the two countries, Montenegrin politician Slaven Radunovic said.

From Atoms to Bits To Atoms: Friction On The Path To The Digital Future

Firms successful in disrupting the old physical economy will need to have as a core competency the ability to manage the political and cultural elements of the eco-systems in which they operate, as well as the purely economic ones.

Did Obama Administration Downplay Malaysia Slavery To Grease Trade Deal?

"Pope Francis says when the economy controls politics both lose... When economics takes over we tolerate anything for the sake of the dollar."- Sister Simone Campbell Cheap labor is the whole point of our corporate-rigged, NAFTA-style trade agreements. Show More Summary

How Uber And The On-Demand Economy Are Changing The Way We Live

Now that the Uberization of everything is breaking into mainstream politics, it's time to talk about what on-demand apps such as Uber or Pager will mean for transport, health care or other aspects of modern life and work. MIT research...Show More Summary

Contact Group on Ukraine to Discuss Security, Economy at Tuesday Talks

The meeting will be held in the Belarusian capital of Minsk at 4 p.m. (13:00 GMT). The results of the working group meetings on security, humanitarian, political and economic issues are on the agenda.

Oil and Coal Indicate the Global Economy is in a Free Fall

In the US, Coal has become a political hot button. Consequently it is very easy to forget just how important the commodity is to global energy demand. Coal accounts for 40% of global electrical generation. It might be the single most economically sensitive commodity on the planet. Show More Summary

Page and Perspective: Trickle Down? No, Middle Out

David Madland will speak at Politics and Prose about his new book, Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn't Work without a Strong Middle Class.

US Won’t Loosen Its Grip on Germany in Fear of Isolating Itself

Germany, the largest and most industrialized economy in the EU, projected as a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations, is set to remain within the tight grip of the US, as Washington fears becoming isolated in the international arena amid the rise of the BRICS countries, according to a Russian Colonel General.

Why Liberals Have to Be Radicals

Just about nothing being proposed in mainstream politics is radical enough to fix what ails the economy. Consider everything that is destroying the life chances of ordinary people: Young adults are staggered by $1.3 trillion in student debt. Show More Summary

Predictive Power: The Economic Forecast for 2016, and What It Means for the Election

2 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

The economy, and how fast it’s changing, can matter a lot in presidential politics, and forecasters expect mostly good news next year.

Brazil lower house speaker says to break with government

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, announced his break with the government of President Dilma Rousseff on Friday, deepening a political crisis in Latin America's largest economy.

Guest Contribution: “What Europeans think about Europe in the aftermath of the crisis”

Today, we’re fortunate to have a guest contribution by Jeffry Frieden, Stanfield Professor of International Peace at Harvard University, and author of the newly published book Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy (Princeton University Press, 2015). This post is based upon this paper. The ongoing crisis in the Eurozone has captured the […]

Greece’s Silicon Valley, an economic bright spot, fights to survive crisis

2 weeks agoNews : The Great Debate

The latest economic and political meltdown could very well drive out the young Greeks who are poised to be the future of the Greek economy.

Why Uber Is An Easy Target For Politicians

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

   Uber is growing fast -- and its economic value has become a topic of political debate. Politicians are grappling with how to approach the ride-hailing app and the "on-demand economy," also referred to as the "sharing economy." InShow More Summary

Canada Inks Trade Deal With Ukraine, Considers Allowing Export of Automatic Weapons To War-Torn Country

2 weeks agoNews : Vice News

Amid renewed fighting in Donetsk, a looming energy crisis, a crumbling economy, and political discontent in Kiev, Canada has stepped in to offer a shot in the arm for Ukraine's beleaguered government. At a surprise signing ceremony at...Show More Summary

Entrepreneurs Should Be Wary of the “Land Mine” Gig Economy

Forget ethical issues for a moment. There are potential deep legal and political repercussions.

The Word Hillary Clinton Won’t Say

Hillary Clinton’s big speech about the economy on Monday generated a wide range of reactions from the punditocracy. The Times’s David Brooks thought it was politically clever: “She’s cleared the first political hurdle of the campaign,” he wrote. Show More Summary

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