USA Archive

  • How much harm can one man do?

    Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton wasn’t the result most of us wanted or expected, but it’s what we’ve got. The question now is what next? Trump’s promises on the campaign trail were variously bombastic and implausible. He couldn’t keep them all, even if they were […]

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  • Federalism and Progressive Politics (23 October 2015)

    Organised by the Federal Trust and the Global Policy Institute 23rd October 2015 12 pm – 2 pm (Sandwich lunch at 12 pm, talk to start at 12.30 pm) London Metropolitan University 84 Moorgate London EC2M 6SQ Is federalism a politically neutral constitutional system? Or […]

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  • A German decision that sets back Europe

    News reaches me of a rather strange decision by the German constitutional court regarding the elections to the European Parliament. The ruling is forcing a change in the way in which Germany elects its MEPs. The decision is strange not because it is inconsistent with […]

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  • Who votes for the US president?

    This blog has reported previously on the American presidential election system and the way it represents the country unevenly, by starting the primary process in one small town in Iowa.  There is controversy between California and Nevada about another uneven aspect, the way that the […]

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  • All voters are not equal

    One of the basic ideas of federalism is that citizens of the federation all have equal rights, regardless of which member state they might live in.  Their rights with respect to the state level might vary, each member state being entitled to decide its own […]

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  • Thomas Paine, from “Rights of Man”

    “If there is a country in the world, where concord, according to common calculations, would be least expected, it is America. Made up, as it is, of people from different nations, accustomed to different forms and habits of government, speaking different languages, and more different […]

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  • Fifty ways to kill recovery

    An interesting article by James Surowiecki, author of “The Wisdom of Crowds”, in the New Yorker asks whether American federalism is hampering the ability of the United States to respond to the financial crisis and the recession that has followed. (Read the article here.) The […]

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  • Greening America to green the world

    By Professor Satish Desai OBE, 3 December 2008 Introduction The world has experienced many unfortunate events, e.g. the World War II (WWII) that was perhaps the last serious event. WWII was the result of many circumstances, e.g. surging nationalism, protectionist policies and inability of the League […]

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  • A round of beggar-my-neighbour will leave us all beggars

    By Richard Laming Published in the Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2008 Sir, The fall in the London stock market after the unilateral German decision to guarantee bank deposits shows that whatever each country does will have an impact on neighbours. A round of beggar-my-neighbour will leave […]

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  • How Europe takes financial decisions

    The Daily Telegraph kindly published a letter from me today on the unfolding financial crisis, but edited it so as to delete the main point I was trying to make. I was responding to an article by Janet Daley that criticised the secrecy of the […]

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