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IPE’s strategic silence on capitalism and moral order

The study of how neoliberalism is remaking moral order in Africa reveals important insights for scholars of political economy To-date, political economy scholarship has only cautiously engaged with matters of moral economy in contemporary society.  This is strikingly different from the recent surge in respective scholarship and debates in anthropology and sociology.  The moral properties of capitalist economy at a … Continue reading

2 March 2017 by
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Return to the Commonwealth? UK-Africa trade after Brexit

Peg Murray-Evans

Calls for a post-Brexit return to the Commonwealth ignore the existing privileged EU-Africa trade relationship as well as the UK’s now diminished trade influence In a speech to the Institute of Chartered Engineers in February, David Davis MP – now Secretary of State for Exiting the EU – told the audience: ‘The only Commonwealth country to enjoy a free trade … Continue reading

21 July 2016 by
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The Coming Crisis: Is the long-predicted crisis in China finally coming?

Matthew Bishop

A gathering storm is visible on the Chinese horizon, yet the country seems better prepared to ride it out than many predict. China has apparently been on the cusp of a crisis for decades. In the 1990s, as industrialisation gathered momentum, neoliberal economists regularly advocated ‘shock therapy’ of the kind undertaken disastrously by Russia as a way of staving it … Continue reading

4 May 2016 by
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It’s not about tax evasion or avoidance, it’s about inequality

Focusing on politicians’ tax affairs misses the real point: the Panama Papers expose deep structural inequalities and their consequences The recent political stramash over the Mossack Fonseca revelations has involved endless media interviews, commentaries and expert pronouncements about whether David Cameron’s family had engaged in and benefited from sensible tax efficient investment strategies or from dubious tax evasion. This is … Continue reading

19 April 2016 by
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Property taxes, public services and wealth

Tom Goodfellow

Placing property taxation, redistribution and social justice in an ethical context Two weeks ago I was in Addis Ababa at a conference on taxation and development. Unexciting as this might sound to many, questions of tax strike at the heart of social justice.  Why else do many in Britain and elsewhere get so enraged about the existence of tax havens … Continue reading

24 February 2016 by
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SPERI 2016 Conference: FINAL CALL FOR PROPOSALS

SPERI 2016 Conference, 4-6 July 2016, Halifax Hall, Sheffield SPERI is publishing today the final call for Proposals for its 4th Conference on ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’. The deadline for submissions is the 18 December at 5pm. We have had a number of excellent submissions already and we look forward to putting together a programme for … Continue reading

18 November 2015 by
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Land leasing vs property tax?

Tom Goodfellow

African governments, and their international advisors, need to join up their thinking more effectively when pursuing ‘big urban reform’ Tax is back in fashion in international development circles.  We know that in the history of much of the world developing taxation systems was virtually synonymous with state-building; we believe that taxation enhances accountability and builds the ‘social contract’; and consequently … Continue reading

14 July 2015 by
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Big houses, hotels and increasingly expensive gorillas!

Pritish Behuria and Tom Goodfellow

The vision of a service-sector led ‘developmental state’ drives the government of Rwanda, but is proving hard to sustain Amid stories of ‘Africa Rising’, the idea of the developmental state is receiving attention again.  The concept was coined by Chalmers Johnson in his study of Japanese industrial policy.  It was later applied to a range of East Asian countries, each … Continue reading

11 December 2014 by
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