Category Archives: Political Economy & History

Shock of the New

Oh for leaders who cushion us from economic blows and remain progressive.   Listener: 12 December, 2013   Keywords: Growth & Innovation; Political Economy & History;   We might pretend economic management is concerned with accelerating growth, but it is mainly about dealing with the myriad shocks that pepper the economy.   The market can…
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The Hunter Council Chamber

Introduction to paper I Gave on the Great War in the Hunter Council Chamber of Victoria University of Wellington:  29 November, 2013 The paper is at http://www.eastonbh.ac.nz/2014/11/the-economy-of-the-great-war-and-after/   Keywords: Political Economy & History;   This is the first occasion I have presented a paper in this Chamber, I would like to acknowledge its significance. Given…
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The Economy of the Great War – and After

Rethinking War: A Stout Research Centre Conference: 28-30 November 2013.   Keywords: Political Economy & History; Introduction [2]   The conference title invites us to ‘rethink war’, to shift away from traditional approaches to war history. There is a tendency to think of the war as about events which occur during it. That too, but…
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MYTH, POLITICIANS AND MARKETS:

The Truth Behind the Free Market by Bryan Gould (Macmillan, $54.95) This review was commissioned by ‘The Listener’ but not used  Keywords: History of Ideas, Methodology & Philosophy; Political Economy & History; The dominant public narrative has a vision of business and the market as progressive forces, held back by unnecessary interventions from politicians and…
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Labouring over Inequality

The big issue concerning Labour’s grass roots is a bit of a surprise.   Listener: 17 October, 2013   Keywords: Distributional Economics; Political Economy & History;   The popular party vote that elected David Cunliffe leader of the Labour Party reveals much about what the party grass roots think. They gave a lower significance to…
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State Leadership in New Zealand’s Economic Development

Public Sector Conference: 5-6 September, 2013 Published in Foreign Control Watchdog 134, January 2014: p.46-50   Keywords: Business & Finance; Globalisation & Trade; Governance;  Political Economy & History;   If you look at the top ten companies on the New Zealand share market, you will find that half were once owned by the government or…
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Cleaning up Corruption

CLEANING UP CORRUPTION Becoming a democratic country is not as simple as just holding free elections.   Listener: 5 September, 2013.   Keywords: Growth & Innovation; Political Economy & History;   Indonesians think of their country as a democracy following the introduction of relatively fair and free elections after the collapse of the Suharto dictatorship…
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Culture of Dependency

We must remember the lesson of the 1960s and ensure the diversity of our exports and markets.   Listener: 22 August, 2013.   Keywords: Globalisation & Trade; Growth & Innovation; Political Economy & History;   We learnt from the Great Depression of the 1930s that New Zealand was over-dependent on a few exports – wool,…
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Where My History Research Is At: A Business Background

These are some notes I prepared for a session on 15 August 2013 to students doing a Bachelor of Applied Management (Business Heritage, Culture and Sustainability section) of the Christchurch, Northland, Otago and Waikato Polytechs.     Keywords: Business & Finance; Political Economy & History;   To begin provocatively. Last week the government announced a…
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The Business of Inequality

Nelson Spirited Conversations; 24 July, 2013. (Revised)   Keywords: Distributional Economics; Political Economy & History;   On a recent television program New Zealander Robert Wade, Professor of Development Studies at the London School of Economics, suggested that New Zealand might be ruled by 1 percent of the population, say 35,000 adults. The Deputy Prime Minister,…
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Our Muslim Neighbours

Indonesian Muslims don’t necessarily support the opinions and actions of Middle Eastern Muslims.   Listener: 8 June, 2013   Keywords: History of Ideas, Methodology & Philosophy; Literature and Culture; Political Economy & History;   I once flew from Dublin to Vienna – both Catholic but with very different atmospheres. The distance from Mecca to Jakarta…
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The Fathers’ Incomes Premium in the Postwar Era

Draft for discussion; this version completed 24 May 2103.   Keywords: Political Economy & History; Social Policy; Statistics;   This note disinters a result I found in the 1970s and subsequently buried in Income Distribution in New Zealand. Years later it may have some relevance to some puzzles I am working on about the changing…
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Albert Hirschman (1915-2012)

  It is said social scientists don’t live dangerously, but here’s one who did.   Listener: 16 February, 2013.   Keywords: History of Ideas, Methodology & Philosophy; Political Economy & History;   Miraculously, all four Jewish schoolboys in the picture (which accompanied the column)  taken in Berlin in about 1930 escaped the Holocaust, which killed…
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Acts of God and Government

Sarah Miles: The Christchurch Fiasco: The Insurance Aftershock and its Implications for New Zealand and Beyond. Dunmore Publishing, 2012 ($37.99)   New Zealand Books: Volume 23, No1, Issue 101, Autumn 2013.   Keywords: Business & Finance; Political Economy & History;   Given New Zealand’s reputation as ‘The Shaky Isles’, together with its accompanying history of…
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Writings on Earthquakes (Index)

This index, first compiled in January 2013 and subsequently updated, is a list of article on the website which have a substantial content about earthquakes and other natural calamities. They were not a focus until the Canterbury Earthquakes, which I began writing about as “Listener” columns to illustrate general issues. However, they are acquiring a…
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Economics for New Zealand Social Democrats

Young Labour Summer School; January 26, 2013 Today I want to talk about social democracy, especially its economic aspects. There are many who have narrowed down their vision of social democracy to social justice, including in international affairs. That is not the comprehensive heritage of social democracy, nor do social democrats have any special claims…
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The Global Financial Crisis iii (Index)

Writings on the Long Recession from October 2010 to December 2012 This is the third entry which summarises the Global Financial Crisis and its aftermath. The first index (www.eastonbh.ac.nz/?p=1351) covered the period from August 2007 to March 2009 The trigger was in the US sub-prime market crisis in August 2007, about a year before the…
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