France and her Economy

France and her Economy

Polling indicates that Front National presidential candidate Marine Le Pen does particularly well among young people under the age of twenty-four. Part of the explanation for that support lies in the alienation and disappointment that comes from high unemployment: in...
Scottish Independence: A Political Question

Scottish Independence: A Political Question

The economic wellbeing of political communities does not turn on the size or scale of an economy or political entity, but on good economic policy. The question of whether Scotland should be independent or remain part of the UK is not therefore principally an economic...
Five Suggestions for the Spring Budget

Five Suggestions for the Spring Budget

Nobody expects this to be a major Budget. Despite being supposedly the last ever Spring Budget, it seems unlikely that the Chancellor will choose to commemorate the occasion with any blockbuster changes or final, dramatic, rabbit in the hat moments. Instead, major...
France’s Presidential Election

France’s Presidential Election

Between now and the French Presidential election, Policy Exchange will be looking at the election, the candidates, and the character of the political and social challenges that France faces. We will examine the extent to which these challenges are specific to France,...
Six Hypotheses on the Productivity Slowdown

Six Hypotheses on the Productivity Slowdown

At the heart of the Government’s recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper was economic productivity. While in the past, industrial policy has tended to focus on imbalances between sectors or regions, the Green Paper took on a much broader agenda of weaknesses in the...