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The GPI draws on both a rich pool of international thinkers, academics, and professionals from diverse backgrounds, including international affairs, banking and finance, industry, technology and science, media and international organisations. What we all have in common is a strong belief that new and fresh ideas are needed for a rapidly changing world, and a shared dedication to devising innovative yet practical policy solutions to that can make a real difference.

Incoming Statistics – Duck, Duck, Duck!

We are being bombarded with statistics, wave-like attacks. The debt statistics of the great financial crash starting in 2008, then the awakening interest in inequality, and now the dreadful stats of Covid-19, which are instigating another wave of debt and...
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A GLOBAL SUMMARY OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS: ASSESSMENT TO APRIL 2020

This is a top down view of the progress of the Covid-19 virus and the global pandemic. It summarizes information obtained from John Hopkins University, and presented in a different form. The world is divided into 8 regions, and the...
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COVID-19, CORONA BONDS AND “KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD”

What I see is European construction drifting towards a free-trade zone, that is to say an English-style Europe, which I reject. If we do nothing, this will lead in 15 years to a break-up. I reject a Europe that would be...
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Discovering Society in a Global Age

As different countries take measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, much is being revealed about the nature of different forms of society. In some it is revealed as strong, in others weak, and in others a fatalism about the lack...
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Re-setting the Liberal Centre

Liberalism has been an unprecedented success story in the western world over the last five centuries, and liberal democracy over the last few decades. The collapse of Soviet socialism owed much to the paradigm shift from collectivism to individualism. However, the...
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Open Letter to Christine Lagarde, Incoming President of the ECB

Open Letter to Christine Lagarde (President-Elect ECB), Ursula von der Leyen (President-Elect EU Commission), Roberto Gualtieri (Chair of EP Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee), Christoph Schmidt (Chair of the German Council of Economic Experts).   Dear President-Elect Madame Lagarde, You...
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Your choice: Brexit or the Union

It is high time Brexiteers admitted they must either choose Brexit, or the preservation of the UK, but they cannot have both, says John Stevens. There is a spectre haunting Brexit: the spectre of the break-up of the United Kingdom....
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Book launch: The Routledge Companion to Reward Management

A distinguished group of people representing academia and the business community gathered in central London on June 18th, 2019 to mark the launch of a new book: The Routledge Companion to Reward Management. Its editor, GPI Senior Research Fellow Professor...
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The Challenge of Plebiscitary Leadership to Representative Democracy

In this paper (given at a GPI seminar “The Challenge of Populism to Representative and Federal Democracy”, 18 July 2019) I make three main arguments. On Populism I tend to the analysis put forward by Isaiah Berlin, among others, which...
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Max Weber and federal democracy

This paper draws attention to Max Weber’s commitment to federal democracy in a series of newspaper articles in 1917, which he wrote in the face of Germany’s military dictatorship.  He argued for the division of executive, administrative and political functions...
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Brexit: The Constitutional Problem

There is a great deal of misleading discussion across the media and, indeed by MPs and government ministers, about the constitutional failure of the government and of parliament. The May-led government has undoubtedly made catastrophic misjudgements in its desire to...
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PARLIAMENTARY CONTROL OF BREXIT IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE

A frequent criticism of the Prime Minister is that she prematurely triggered the Article 50 negotiations in March 2017 and did so without a realistic plan for their conduct. If she had waited longer and planned better, her critics contend,...
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The deep roots of the trust crisis

Sigmund Freud, the public affairs industry, and the internet may all have played a part, write Isabelle Stanley and Rod Dowler. We all depend in our social, business, financial, and political affairs, on a shared currency of trust. But we...
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BREXIT: WILL PARLIAMENT DECIDE IN FEBRUARY WHAT IT FAILED TO DECIDE IN JANUARY?

Four conclusions emerge from the series of votes on Brexit in the House of Commons this week (29th January): • First, this government is so paralysed by internal division that it is incapable of pursuing any coherent policy in the negotiations....
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Brexit: The critical concerns

There are three major concerns with regard to Brexit for the UK: the internal UK economic and political damage caused by Brexit; the geo-political damage done to and by the UK in leaving the EU at a time of intensifying...
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