Government and ‘independent expertise’: think tanks represent a blind spot for critical analysis


Drawing on recent research about UK think tanks, austerity and social policy, Hartwig Pautz and Elke Heins examine the relationship between government and the world of ‘independent expertise’. Focusing on one example, the Centre for Social Justice’s influence over Conservative ministers’ social policies, they … Continue reading

The FT’s take-down of Thomas Piketty is no Thomas Herndon moment (video)


Almost exactly a year ago, the core argument used by right-wingers around the world to justify accelerated budget deficit reduction, Reinhart and Rogoff’s “Growth in a Time of Debt”, was fatally undermined by Thomas Herndon, an economics graduate student, when he … Continue reading