Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Why Obamacare Survived

Why Obamacare Survived

Jul 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jeffrey Frankel, CAMBRIDGE – Since the United States’ Affordable Care Act (ACA) – or “Obamacare” – was enacted in 2010, Republicans have been promising to “repeal and replace” it. When the 2016 presidential and congressional elections delivered all three branches of the US government to the party, the time to fulfill that...

Brazil’s Shipyards – Victims of a Failed Reindustrialisation Process

Brazil’s Shipyards – Victims of a Failed Reindustrialisation Process

Jul 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Mario Osava   RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 18 2017 (IPS) – “I have lived through three good periods and two bad ones,” prior to the present crisis in the Brazilian shipping industry, said Edson Rocha, a direct witness since the 1970s of the ups and downs of a sector where nationalist feelings run...

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?

Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?

Jul 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Robert J. Shiller NEW HAVEN – Inequality is usually measured by comparing incomes across households within a country. But there is also a different kind of inequality: in the affordability of homes across cities. The impact of this form of inequality is no less worrying. In many of the world’s urban centers, homes are...

Why is neoliberalism back in Latin America?

Why is neoliberalism back in Latin America?

Jul 15, 2017

Even though it is a taboo word to many, neoliberalism is not good or bad in itself. Rather, it is a means to an end. The state is purposefully reduced in its scope of action to a minimum – by way of policies associated with fiscal austerity, financial deregulation, free trade and the privatisation of...

Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties

Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties

Jul 14, 2017

by Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Danielle Ivory, The New York Times, July 11, 2017, 5 a.m. President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is...

OMG! The Democratic Party Is Such a Mess—What Are We Going to Do?

OMG! The Democratic Party Is Such a Mess—What Are We Going to Do?

Jul 12, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Don Hazen, Kali Holloway, Steven Rosenfeld Ten experts analyze the “situation.” If you pay any attention to media and politics, you know that this is the season for hand wringing about the future Democratic Party. Pundits and pollsters by the dozens have weighed in on the failures of the party, which resulted in...

The Case for an EU-Ukraine Customs Union

The Case for an EU-Ukraine Customs Union

Jul 12, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anders Fogh Rasmussen COPENHAGEN – There will be an upbeat mood at this week’s European Union-Ukraine summit. Reforms and international support are beginning to bear fruit for Ukraine’s economy. An EU free-trade agreement is in place. And Ukrainians can now travel to the EU on just a biometric passport – a prospect most...

G20’s Record Does Not Inspire Hope

G20’s Record Does Not Inspire Hope

Jul 7, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 7 2017 (IPS) – The G20 leaders meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July comes almost a decade after the grouping’s elevation to meeting at the heads of state/government level. Previously, the G20 had been an informal forum of...

The G20’s Misguided Globalism

The G20’s Misguided Globalism

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik HAMBURG – This year’s G20 summit in Hamburg promises to be among the more interesting in recent years. For one thing, US President Donald Trump, who treats multilateralism and international cooperation with cherished disdain, will be attending for the first time. Trump comes to Hamburg having already walked out...

East Asia’s real lessons

East Asia’s real lessons

Jun 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 21 2017 (IPS) – International recognition...