New Politeia Publication

The UK and the EU: What must change?

Sir Bill Cash MP
Bernard Jenkin MP
Rt Hon John Redwood MP
Publication: 18th June 2015

Fundamental Reform or Brexit? As David Cameron prepares to set out his stall in Brussels this week, senior Conservative MPs say what must change in our relationship with the EU.

As the prime minister prepares to set out his goals for renegotiation at a Brussels summit, he may find an agenda there quite different from that wanted by people at home. Here, three senior MPs explain what is needed in Politeia’s publication, The UK and the EU: What must Change?  

In particular the UK parliament must once again decide on the vital matters which affect national life. The UK courts must once again become the ultimate arbiter of matters such as UK human rights law. 

Forthcoming Politeia Events

Forthcoming events include:

Politeia at Conservative Party Conference
5th and 6th October, Manchester
A European Energy Union: Will it Work for the UK?
Dr Ian Duncan MEP, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Professor Michael Grubb, Professor of International Energy and Climate Change, UCL
14th September 2015
The Law Commission’s Codification of Sentencing,                   Professor David Ormerod QC, Criminal Law Commissioner,
19th October 2015
Enriching Natural Capital - Promoting Economic Growth
Dr Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Oxford
5th November 2015, (12- 1.30p.m)
Disclosure of Evidence in Criminal Trials,
Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP,
Professor Ian Dennis, Director, Centre for Criminal Law, UCL
2nd December 2015

New Publication: Paying for the Future

Paying for the Future:
Working Systems for Pensions and Healthcare
Dr Ludger Schuknecht
Matthias Dauns
Dr Werner Ebert
Publication: 25th March 2015

Introduce Competition and Contribution for Successful Healthcare and Pensions! Changes Needed if UK is to Meet Rising Demand

Western societies are ageing. As people live longer, the ratio of workers to pensioners continues to shrink. At the same time the costs for healthcare and pensions are rising.

Can governments meet growing need and balance the books while encouraging economic growth?

In Paying for the Future: Working Systems for Pensions and Healthcare, Ludger Schuknecht and economists from Germany’s Finance Ministry explain what makes systems effective and cost-efficient.

New Online Publication - QE for the Eurozone

Early in 2015 the European Central Bank (ECB) committed to a course of Quantitative Easing  (QE) for the Eurozone, committing  60bn Euros a month to the zone’s faltering economy until September 2016.

QE for the Eurozone - What Does This Mean?
Sensible, Appropriate and Well-Calibrated
Professor Tim Congdon CBE

Many people are baffled by 'quantitative easing' and its impact on troubled economies. Yet, QE has been widely adopted by central banks in the last few years to boost demand, output and employment, and to escape the macroeconomic malaise that has afflicted the advanced industrial countries during and since the Great Recession of 2008 - 10.

The European Central Bank’s adoption of a QE programme follows similar action by the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England.

You can read Professor Congdon's analysis here.

The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?

The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?​ 

Public spending will be at levels of Gordon Brown, says Politeia's new economic spending analysis

David B. Smith

Publication: 17th February 2015

As the debate over reductions to Government spending ratios looks set to dominate the electoral campaign, Politeia’s analysis by the economist, David B. Smith*, considers what the figures for public spending really are.

In The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?, David B. Smith shows that the changes to accounting procedures and the measures officially used to report public spending ratios tend to underestimate levels of public spending. In particular, the new European rules which have just come into force (ESA 2010) make a like for like comparison difficult to establish. To this problem must be added the further complication of what is, or is not, included by government for calculating public spending.

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