May 20, 2016

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Why Brexit is the Way Forward by Patrick Minford

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Many British citizens want self-government again, as they had for hundreds of years before the ‘Common Market’ that they joined became a European super-state on the way to ‘ever-closer union’. This seems a reasonable demand; under the rules of British democracy the citizenry are always able to ‘throw the buggers out’, eject the government, through a general election. However, whatever they do about the elite that governs the EU, they can never get rid of it or change its decisions. It is like being ruled by a foreign power immune to the normal processes of political economy.

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May 18, 2016

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Is a Touch of Madness a Prerequisite for Great Leaders?

Blog_robotsIn a fascinating new book, author Savvas Papacostas proposes a theory that great leaders exhibit a personality disorder and that a modicum of psychopathology might be a prerequisite to exceptional performance.

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May 13, 2016

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Brexit Debate: Being Part of the European Global Macro-region Could be Vital for British Cities

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Brexit enthusiasts argue that to maintain and improve its position in the world economy the UK doesn’t need to be part of the European Union. But research published in Changing Urban and Regional Relations in Europe: Europe as a Global Macro-region paints a different picture.

The two and a half year study* by Kathy Pain and Gilles Van Hamme with academics in the UK, Belgium, France, Italy, Bulgaria and Sweden, identifies for the first time just how functionally interconnected and integrated the European economic space really is. Continue reading…

May 11, 2016

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The Real Challenges of Putting Sustainability into Practice

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Sustainable consumption is going mainstream.

Ethical products can now be found in almost any store that a North American or European shopper might frequent, whether they are buying clothes, food, building supplies, pet food, or cleaning products. Not yet mainstream, but certainly on the horizon are new systems of finance and energy supply intended to be more sustainable – socially and environmentally.

Emily Huddart Kennedy, Maurie Cohen and Naomi Krogman go on to discuss.

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May 6, 2016

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: New Zealand, Indigenous Intellectual Property, and the Treaty of Waitangi by Matthew Rimmer

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There have long been significant concerns about how international trade agreements affect Indigenous rights, particularly in respect of Indigenous Intellectual Property. As highlighted in our recent handbook on Indigenous Intellectual Property, there has been an ongoing conversation about the relationship between Indigenous communities, intellectual property, and trade. Such discussions have traditionally taken place in multilateral fora like the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme, international climate talks, and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples. Of late, the debate has also arisen in the context of bilateral trade agreements such as the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement 1994, and mega-regional trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership 2015. Matthew Rimmer goes on to discuss.

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