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Strategic voting and avoiding a no-deal Brexit

Things are shaping up for extraordinary developments in the UK, and I’m not talking about Brexit. Well, I am, but not directly. I’m talking about strategic or tactical voting. In Australia we are mightily protected from such dilemmas by preferential or instant … Continue reading

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Wanted: an executive email service with stamps.

Are you dismayed at getting 100 emails a day you need to wade through, disturbing your concentration? Does your administration bother you constantly with things you just ‘have to be aware of’? Are you tired of the ‘executive reports’, ‘award … Continue reading

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Observations on Poland and the Baltics

The family cycled from Berlin to Tallinn this year, giving me an opportunity to see how Poland and the Baltics have fared after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990s. Some observations: –          Poland is doing well. Agriculture there is … Continue reading

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History and economics: it was all there in the beginning …

<SelfIndulgenceAlert>Stuart MacIntyre was kind enough to suggest me as a discussant on a paper on financial deregulation in the 1980s in a workshop focusing on Australia and the Bretton Woods conference put on by Melbourne Uni History and Economic History. … Continue reading

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War on empathy, war on confidence, war on context

Cross posted with the Mandarin Nicholas Gruen has argued that it’s much harder to realise evidence-based policy – both institutionally and intellectually – than many calling for it realise. Here he explains how putatively ‘scientific’ and ‘objective’ approaches can, paradoxically, compromise their efficacy … Continue reading

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Crikey group sub: it’s on again

The ClubTroppo Crikey Group sub is on again. Please email me on ngruen at G mail if you’d like to participate. Please put ‘crikey’ in the subject heading to reduce your chances of your email getting lost in translation (All … Continue reading

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Scaling knowledge: Should our disciplines have mesh or tree-like relation to each other?

I’ve just been reading some of Tim Berners-Lee’s Weaving the Web about building the World Wide Web and it put me in mind of Paul Frijters’ recent post on teaching the social sciences. Paul argued that: The biggest change needed … Continue reading

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