When Paul Collier brings out a book, people tend to take notice. His previous work, The Bottom Billion, has been influential to neo-liberal economists and, as Oxford Professor of Economics and former Head of Research at the World Bank, Collier comes with a formidable reputation – as demonstrated by the fact that he currently advises the UN and the British government.
‘To see what is in front of one’s nose is a constant struggle,’ wrote George Orwell. In Ill Fares the Land, leading European historian Tony Judt demonstrates a sharp ability to negotiate that struggle and present the bigger picture. Drawing on the giants of political and economic writing such as Adam Smith, Keynes, Hobbes and Burke, Judt provides a solid historical framework before going on to lament the dismantling of the state in the late
This weighty tome is a collaborative response to the 1987 Brundtland Report, which called for a new era of economic growth that was both socially and environmentally sustainable.
Four Fish begins with the thirteen-year-old Greenberg doing what he loves most off Long Island Sound near New York: fishing. Selling his surplus catch in the car park of his school to badly paid teachers, Greenberg adhered to sustainability standards long before they became necessary buzzwords
Editor-at-Large at The Times, and with impressive academic credentials, one might expect economist Anatole Kaletsky’s reflections on the emergence of a fourth version of capitalism to be somewhat institutionalised. But they are far from it.