History repeats: IMF bail outs

The IMF bail-out packages for Iceland, Hungary and the Ukraine provoke more than a little d'ej`a vu.

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Paradigm reclaimed: why a finance system that’s fit for purpose must be built on new economic princi

The predictable crisis in the global system is the most important sign yet that a new economics is emerging. The tragedy is that the crisis-ridden financial system has long since failed to do the basic job required - to underpin the productive economy, and the fundamental operating systems upon which we all depend. These have been variously neglected, taken for granted or cannibalised by finance. More

Green New Deal Round-Up

This week, The Independent's Archie Bland reassesses the legacy of New Deal economist John Maynard Keynes and wonders whether his ideas might be resusitated to tackle the financial crisis with green investment.

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Darling must re-engineer the economy in the face of a triple crunch of credit, oil and climate

When copies of The Great Crash: 1929 by JK Galbraith were on their way back from the printer in 1955, its author was giving evidence to a Senate hearing - during which there was a sudden stockmarket crash. He was blamed for it.

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The West Wing, Obama, and the importance of seeding ideas

The Obama victory is seen to represent the hope of achieving the seemingly unattainable: clearly an important symbol for organisations like nef whose primary objective is nothing less than changing the world. While part of the wonder of the moment comes from basking in the thought that "Only a few years ago, no one could have imagined that this was really possible", there is an interesting sense in which this isn't entirely true.

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Green New Deal Round-Up

The Green New Deal Round-Up has an unsurprisingly American flavour this week, as pundits weigh up the economic and green credentials of the President-Elect, Barack Obama.

Van Jones - author of The Green Collar Economy - has seen hope in Obama for a while, predicting

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When it is about the economy but not economics

The principle of representation is at the heart of the type of democracy which we in the UK share with the United States. In theory, it's meant to prevent elites from acquiring and maintaining power: it ensures that the legislature mirrors the nation's constituents.

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Countdown to perilous global warming

October was a month that creaked and cracked. The insurance industry, already deeply implicated in the international financial crash, was battered by the fall-out from hurricanes Ike and Gustav. A bill in wreckage was left on their doorsteps estimated to be around $30bn (lb18.2bn), far higher than predicted according to Lloyd's of London. More

The Post Office can be a people’s bank

Lord Mandelson's leaked letter in the Guardian today couldn't be more welcome. The business secretary says he wants the Post Office network to be built up and expanded, rather than neglected, pulled apart and run according to swivel-eyed free market principles - government policy for the last decade and a half.

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A step in the right direction

So now we have the Government, in the form of Lord Mandelson and James Purnell, publicly recognizing the future potential of the Post Office to provide financial services at a time when the big banks' credibility and popularity is shot to bits.

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