Category Archives: Political Economy & History

LABOUR AND GREENS VOTERS ARE MORE ALIKE THAN DIFFERENT

  If voters can see the commonality between Labour and the Greens, why can’t political analysts?   Pundit: 22 September, 2014   Keywords: Political Economy & History;   Most political analysis in New Zealand seems trapped in the two-party winner-takes-all world, or perhaps they are numerically challenged by the number which comes after two. Whichever,…
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AND THE WINNER IS …

In the economic contest between communist China. and democratic India what matters is people.   Listener: 9 August, 2014   Keywords: Growth & Innovation; Political Economy & History;   The debate in the 1950s was whether the Chinese economy would do better than the Indian one. Both countries had become independent in the late 1940s,…
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RISING TOP INCOMES

This was not published: 22 May, 2014.   Keywords: Distributional Economics; Political Economy & History;   Thomas Picketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century ‘has transformed our economic discourse; we’ll never talk about wealth and inequality the same way we used to’. So said Paul Krugman explicitly and ever so many other eminent economists implicitly…
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IS JOHN KEY FLAKY?

Keywords: Macroeconomics & Money; Political Economy & History;   In the Saturday 17 May 2014 issue of “The Dominion Post Weekend” Vernon small wrote an article. “English emerges smiling from global meltdown: Finance minister one of a string of highly competent money men, New Zealand has been ‘lucky to have’.” In it he quoted me….
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Launch of “But Is it Fair?”

But is it Fair? Faith Communities and Social Justice edited by Neil Darragh and published by Accent Publications (Launched at Connolly Hall, 6.00 4 April, 2014).   Keywords: Political Economy & History;  Social Policy;   I am not sure an economist should be launching this book. While economists are often treated as today’s secular theologians…
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Business of Office

It’s much easier to be environmentally pure in opposition than in government.   Listener: 27 March, 2014   Keywords: Environment & Resources; Political Economy & History;   Last year, a blogger argued that the Green Party did not need to engage with business interests while in opposition since whatever it did, it would win no…
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The Impact of the Great War on the New Zealand Economy

Paper to the Asia Pacific Economic and Business History Conference: 13-15 February, 2014.An earlier version is at http://www.eastonbh.ac.nz/2013/11/the-economy-of-the-great-war-and-after/   Keywords: Political Economy & History;   Introduction and Reflection   Economic history sits in an uneasy position in the academy. It is, of course, a discipline in its own right but it is also an adjunct…
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Comparing the New Zealand and United States Economies

  Briefing to a Fulbright Orientation Panel: 7 February 2014 (Note there is a minor joke in this paper which New Zealanders may miss. Thomas Frank has written a widely discussed book about US politics entitled “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”.   Keywords: Political Economy & History;   Tena koutou katoa. Welcome to New Zealand.  …
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Growing Pains

As our main indicator of economic growth, GDP has major limitations.   Listener: 30 January, 2014.     Keywords: History of Ideas, Methodology & Philosophy; Political Economy & History;   The expectation is for normal economic growth in the coming year. The economy peaked in September 2007 and stagnated (in per-capita terms) through to March…
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Hard Times

Literary classics from another era can tell us a lot about today’s economy.   Listener: 2 January, 2014.   Keywords: Literature and Culture; Political Economy & History;   This year I’ve been reading early 19th-century novels, partly for their literary quality and narrative, but also because they shed a fascinating light on English industrialisation and…
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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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