“Theresa May’s industrial strategy: what took them so long?” Diane Coyle Professor of Economics at Manchester University explains….

Diane Coyle – The Guardian 24th January 2017. Ignoring the need for a strategic economic policy has left many communities outside of London in decline – the government’s plan is long overdue For just twenty years, from the early 1960s until the early 80s, the politicians and officials responsible for economic policy in the UK thought it was important to …

Happy New Year … We are kicking off our blog with a brilliant TEDx Talk by one of our most demanded speakers Philippe Legrain

“Refugees are not a burden,” says critically acclaimed political economist and commentator Philippe Legrain. Based on his experience as founder of Open Political Economy Network (OPEN) and writer of numerous books on the subject, Legrain shares how opening our arms to refugees can yield economic dividends. In his talk, Philippe states that refugees are creative, innovative, hard working and can …

2016 has been an extraordinary year for a number of reasons not least the election of Donald Trump – In our final blog for 2016 – Thomas Wright our Trump Expert profiles his top cabinet picks and what they represent …

ORDER FROM CHAOS Trump’s team of rivals, riven by distrust Thomas Wright -The Brookings Institution –  Thursday, December 15, 2016 Editor’s Note: President-elect Donald Trump’s top cabinet picks—including Mike Flynn, Jim Mattis, and Rex Tillerson—represent different foreign policy and national security factions, writes Thomas Wright. Together, they could fundamentally alter U.S. foreign policy. This piece originally appeared on Foreign Policy. Understanding Donald …

‘End of History’ Author Says Donald Trump Could Signal a Shift From the Liberal World Order

Francis Fukuyama says the U.S.’s role depends on whether Mr. Trump rules like a businessman or a ‘mafia boss’ Excerpt from an interview with Ian Talley for the Washington Street Journal – November 27th 2016 Francis Fukuyama, the Stanford University professor who famously said Western-style liberal democracy was triumphing in an “End of History” global political evolution, now says Donald …

The Economist have republished this 2007 piece on Immigration by Philippe Legrain. His thinking back then is very relevant now.

Immigrants – Waves of fear In a controversial new book a British economist asks why so many people are against the free movement of labour Philippe Legrain – The Economist 2007 FOR years now, free trade and free movement of capital have been respectable economic tenets, espoused—if sometimes reluctantly—by most politicians. But no sane politician in the rich world would advocate …

Now the shock of the US election verdict has subsided and reality sets in – I thought it appropriate to re-post Thomas Wright’s article for Politico Magazine which was originality published in January 20, 2016 and was highly controversial. Today I think it will be received in a different light.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The 2016 US presidential election is the most consequential election for international order since the Second World War. America’s status as a liberal superpower is on the ballot. To understand Donald Trump’s foreign policy, we must distinguish between his three core beliefs that he has held for many decades and rarely if ever waivered from, the central themes …

America has voted – Trump is President Elect – but at what cost to international order?

Trump’s New World Disorder by Philippe Legrain – Project Syndicate  LONDON So much for the end of history. Twenty-seven years to the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall heralded the collapse of communism in Europe, Donald Trump’s election as US president endangers the liberal international order that his wiser, broader-minded predecessors crafted. Trump’s “America First,” anti-“globalist” agenda threatens …