Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.
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China frightens the west. Rarely, however, do westerners look at how the world looks to China. Yes, it has made enormous economic strides. But it still sees a world economy dominated by developed economies.
Martin Wolf, Financial Times, 10 July 2013
The real innovation engine in the global economy is not the entrepreneurial class blazing capitalist trails through the thicket of government red tape and taxation. No. The real engine of innovation is government.
Bruce Upbin, Forbes, 13 June 2013
Mariana Mazzucato, Anthem Press, 10 June 2013
A shift from Aid for Trade to Investment for Trade potentially has many implications. As researchers, we used to look at the consequences of aid, but with AfT appearing as part of a new agenda that includes its role in leveraging other flows, we also need to examine how the leveraged investments help to build trade capacity and how effective AfT is in leveraging other flows (rather than the other way around).
Dirk Willem te Velde, ODI, 5 June 2013
A dearth of real engineering ambition is holding back the sector. Big, ambitious projects are needed to put us back on track.
Paul Reeves and Martyn Perks, Independent Voices, 8 October 2012
"The UK has enjoyed massive growth in the green economy with 110,000 green jobs. Climate change policies also help us reduce our imports of fossil fuels and help to give us the lead in smart technologies as resources become more scarce."
Roger Harrabin, BBC News, 8 October 2012
The costs of these levels of long-term youth unemployment – now and in the future – are enormous. This is a crisis we cannot afford
The ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment, 2012
The case against making increased GDP per capita the overriding policy objective is that it doesn’t deliver the increased happiness or welfare if promises.
Robert Skidelsky, TLS, 28 September 2012
Differing social and cultural patterns amongst Europeans are all too often overlooked. And this poses a threat to the core of the European project, points out a Dutch sociologist, arguing that political leaders should engage in a dialogue with their citizens.
Gabriël van den Brink, presseurop, 26 September 2012
Should Germany leave the euro? It is, after all, the big country with an obvious exit option.
Martin Wolf, Financial Times, 25 September 2012
Skilling up the jilted generation: the employability debate
"A truly original battle with a great deal at stake as opposed to a reassuring renactment of old arguments. I felt refreshed rather than entrenched afterwards."
Damian Barr, columnist, writer, playwright, salonierre