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Is China’s social and political system unique? by David S G Goodman

February 25, 2016

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All social and political systems are of course both unique and comparable. Analysing and understanding the similarities as well as the differences is part and parcel of the social sciences. In the case of China three models have dominated academic understanding: the Communist party-state; the East Asia developmental state; and the Chinese civilization state, essentially the idea of Chinese exceptionalism. David Goodman goes on to discuss.

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Migration Dilemmas — by Robyn Iredale

December 9, 2015

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There are more migrants now than at any other time since the end of World War Two. Professor Robyn Iredale discusses the dilemmas that arise from this

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Delhi ‘cracks’ Brussels: India’s mission to access the European market – by Pascaline Winand

February 24, 2015

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The European Union and India might not seem like the most obvious of natural partners. Yet, as Professor Pascaline Winand writes, the story of their on-off engagement over the past 60-or-so years and their efforts to build a mature trade relationship have turned up a fascinating story of trade access and shifting realities.

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Global Plus Local Logistics: Asian-Pacific Rim Perspectives – by Peter J Rimmer

December 11, 2014

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Logistics in the Asian-Pacific Rim is a complex and sometimes precarious business. Professor Peter J. Rimmer considers how to best understand logistics in this area and looks towards the future.

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Is interest-free banking the answer to our prayers? Bernard Lietaer and Islamic Banking – by Hans Visser

December 13, 2013

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Now that the conventional financial sector is in a bit of a mess, people are looking for alternatives. One solution that is enjoying popularity is the age-old ideal of interest-free banking. Two questions present themselves: 1. are the ideas behind interest-free banking sound, and 2. does it work? […]

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