Tag Archives: infrastructure

Inequality and oligopoly in the network economy

Twelve plants and five animals produce 90% of the world’s food supply. Six corporations provide 90% of the world’s food supply. Two companies dominate the ‘carbonated’ drinks industry and two more the commercial aircraft manufacturing sector; three control the mobile … Continue reading

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Carving up the State’s role – who gets what?

A shift in power to cities is the legacy of the depression. And it’s already starting to happen in the US. Why? 90% of educated workers, advanced industry jobs and patent creation are located in cities. And cities are ‘in … Continue reading

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City initiatives

Recent signs of city administrations taking an imaginative leadership role….. In Nantes the town council is sponsoring cargo bikes to change the way freight is moved about lievreoutortue.com/nantes-subvent… A Dutch city crowd funds a bridge metronews.ca/news/world/618025/dutch-city-rotterdam-crowdfunds-a-bridge

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Putting the genie to work

The genie is being readied for release. Hedge managers want the Bank of England to create some inflation. The incoming governor of the Bank is known to be sympathetic to a more active central bank stance, and the Chancellor will … Continue reading

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Localism v the State

All previous blogs have been leading up to this question – can the State, in its current form – the nation state –   cope with this crisis? I think there are at least three reasons to think that it might … Continue reading

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The imperative of recovery

The PM has put us on a ‘war footing’ for recovery. Lack of growth, it seems, is as serious a threat as  invasion. This state of emergency has been translated into a familiar attack on red tape and planning – as … Continue reading

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Recession over!

Great fanfares have greeted a full 1% growth in output over the summer – due in no small measure to the Olympic Games. But the downbeats are not so easily impressed – here’s nef on why a recovery, if it … Continue reading

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Demand more not more demand

Last week’s major UK economic news was the publication of trade figures showing exports failing to drive the economy back towards growth. What caught my eye was exports falling in every one of the UK’s 10 biggest markets – so not a … Continue reading

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