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Understanding Climate Policy with Economic Tools – by Richard Tol

August 26, 2014

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Climate change is a problem that is unprecedented in its scale, scope, duration, complexity, uncertainty and inequity. The debate about climate policy is muddled, confused, confusing, ill-informed, hysterical and acrimonious. It need not be. Climate change is a difficult issue, but not beyond human wit. Richard Tol, Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex, explains how his new book on climate economics offers the reader a set of tools that, if properly applied, can shed light on the aims and implementation of climate policy. […]

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Six Years After Lehman Brothers: First Time Tragedy, Second Time Farce? By Gerald Epstein

July 31, 2014

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The political will to regulate financial institutions is either non-existent or ineffectual, allowing a ‘shadow banking system’ that remains stubbornly beyond democratic accountability and perpetuates the growing levels of global inequality. Gerald Epstein, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, argues that orthodox economics could not predict the 2008 financial crisis and is unable to provide a solution to the financial and political problems that it left in its wake. Instead, he says we need to look beyond mainstream economic theory for answers.   […]

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Co-operative Enterprise: a solution to contemporary economic problems. By Tim Mazzarol

July 17, 2014

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Well-designed co-operative business models that maintain a close eye on the creation and delivery of value to their members are among the most resilient of enterprises. Tim Mazzarol argues that with their focus on the economic and social development of their members, and their strong democratic principles, co-operatives offer an attractive solution to the current economic problems facing the world.

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What’s the problem with International Aid for Education? By Pauline Dixon

July 15, 2014

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Reliance on International Aid for education in developing countries often leads to corruption and mismanagement that undermines the very purpose for which the aid was given.  But it does not have to be this way.  Dr Pauline Dixon, Reader in International Development and Education at Newcastle University, argues for a market-orientated model that would better serve those who need it most.

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Denied Economies and Creative Performances by Kerry Thomas

May 29, 2014

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Kerry Thomas, 2012, Rumination, Chicago

Kerry Thomas, 2012, Rumination, Chicago

What has the economy got to do with creative performances and the making of artists and their artworks?

Over the last ten years I have been researching creative practice in university art school studios and senior school art classrooms. The focus has been on how students ‘invest’ in the creative life, oftentimes seeking to become creative artists, and working under pressure of high stakes assessments, to produce creative artefacts – paintings, drawings, installations, digital media works and so on. The related issue of what role, if any, do their teachers play in assisting them in the development of their creative performances and in what they make has also been investigated.

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