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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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We know WHAT we need to do. Will someone tell us HOW?

When policy problems are complex, we need to understand and learn from the front line. With desperately need to improve the early, middle and late stages of institutional learning and change-making, to enable successful policy development. From the recent Mandarin … 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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When is a conversation not a conversation? When it’s a political conversation.

I It looks like liberal democracy is falling apart. But we can put it back together if we take democracy seriously enough—as seriously as the ancient Greeks. The chaos of Donald Trump was unimaginable just a decade ago. Brexit was … Continue reading

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I Wish I’d Asked: Eileen Torney edition

About a year ago my wife Eva and a friend of hers, Danny Finley started working on a program designed to tackle loneliness through intergenerational contact. Kids  are paired with older people in their community through contact between schools and aged … Continue reading

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