Strand: Battle for the Economy

A decade on from the beginnings of the global financial crisis, Western economies remain sluggish, and now Brexit raises further questions about the future of the British economy in particular. Some see it as an opportunity for a new industrial revolution, perhaps spearheaded by exciting new spheres such as biotech. Others contend that Brexit means retreating from the world, but with the election of the avowedly protectionist Trump in the US, is the expansion of global trade and cooperation coming to an end anyway? And what do economic developments mean for ordinary workers and consumers? Does the ‘gig’ economy signal the end of ‘proper jobs’? Should the state guarantee everyone a basic income regardless of work?