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‘Trumplandia’?

‘Trumplandia’?

Donald Trump’s effectiveness as a political candidate in the Republican primaries, and the electoral college success that put him in the White House, has unnerved political commentators and the policy establishments in his own party and beyond. On entering office,...

Mélenchon: The Left-Wing Standard Bearer for the Nation State

Mélenchon: The Left-Wing Standard Bearer for the Nation State

For the seventh in our series on the French Presidential election, Marc Glendening – Policy Exchange’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs Research Fellow – concludes that a hard-left candidate, who has declared the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to be his personal hero, and has the endorsement of the Communist party, now has virtually an evens chance of winning his way into the final round

How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy — who worked on a number of manifestos as a departmental adviser in Whitehall, suggests that everyone writing manifestos very quickly at the moment should bear in mind that the content they will produce is more likely to become a source of unexpected liability than an asset yielding political benefits

A Four-Way Marginal?

A Four-Way Marginal?

In the sixth instalment of our series of comment pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — considers questions arising from the latest polling, on the grounds that ‘our assumptions are growing less assured’. 

Currency Wars aren’t the problem – protectionism is

Currency Wars aren’t the problem – protectionism is

Michael Taylor — Policy Exchange’s Economics Research Fellow — argues that ‘at their worst, currency wars can be a zero-sum game, but trade wars are invariably a negative-sum game. Trade wars rather than currency wars are the more significant threat to global prosperity’

Let’s be franc: France and the euro

Let’s be franc: France and the euro

In the fifth instalment of our series of comment pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Michael Taylor — Policy Exchange’s Economics Research Fellow — considers the advantages and disadvantages of France remaining in the single currency. He concludes that the country ‘needs to concentrate on structural reforms — in or out of the single currency’

All to play for

All to play for

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy — says Brexit offers a chance to re-examine the UK’s economic objectives and do things differently. There are many reasons to be cheerful

The Rise of Emmanuel Macron

The Rise of Emmanuel Macron

In the latest of our series of pieces focusing on the run-up to the French Presidential election, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — considers the recent polling success of Emmanuel Macron. She contends that his ‘recent ascendency is thanks to timing that owes both to fortune and opportunism’.

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