Posts by Jonathan Hopkin & Ben Rosamond

Jonathan Hopkin, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Ben Rosamond, Professor of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

Deficit fetishism and the art of political bullshit: Part II

Jonathan Hopkin and Ben Rosamond

Faced with radical uncertainty, rationally ignorant actors are more likely to fall back on conventional, emotionally satisfying beliefs than complex theories advanced by professional economists In a previous post we argued that the current obsession with the UK’s budgetary position, far from being the result of a rational debate about Britain’s economic problems, is best seen as an example of … Continue reading

22 July 2015 by Jonathan Hopkin & Ben Rosamond
Categories: British growth crisis, Social science, SPERI Comment Tags: , , , , ,

Deficit fetishism and the art of political bullshit: Part I

Jonathan Hopkin and Ben Rosamond

Attempts to refute bullshit by appeals to the ‘facts’ are likely to be unsuccessful as argumentative strategies Debates about economic policy in the recent UK General Election campaign were dominated by one particular claim: that the last Labour government, which left office in 2010, was wholly responsible for the deficit.  This claim became a central plank of the Conservative Party’s … Continue reading

15 July 2015 by Jonathan Hopkin & Ben Rosamond
Categories: Austerity, British growth crisis, Politics and policy, Rethinking Recovery, Social science, SPERI Comment Tags: , , , , ,