Combatting Corruption: An Institutional Economics Approach for More Integration in the Eurozone

February 10, 2020

This article defends an enforceable EU anti-corruption mechanism to restore trust between creditor and debtor countries of the Eurozone. Through an institutional economics approach, it argues that strengthening national institutions is key for further economic integration because accumulating debt is possible so long as institutions are competent, such as Belgium and France.

Johann Diaz Manzano

Désir d’indépendance et interdépendance Européenne : un paradoxe à résoudre

February 6, 2020

L’interdépendance croissante des pays et des peuples européens d’une part, et la montée du sentiment ainsi que des mouvements politiques anti-européens d’autre part, constituent un paradoxe, qu’il convient de résoudre en promouvant l’européanité via un renforcement des coopérations transfrontalières.

Théodore Tallent & Meryl Merran

Essay Competition: Protest Movements – A Vehicle For Change?

January 30, 2020

From Hong Kong to Santiago, and Baghdad to Paris. Unique in their causes, united in their ambitions: Change. In 2019, people all around the globe took to the streets to make their voices heard through public protest. As part of its January 2020 essay competition, The Policy Corner invites you to submit your analysis, ideas, […]

The Policy Corner

Data as a Resource? A Simplistic Metaphor and its Policy Implications

December 16, 2019

The notion that personal data is “the new oil” is as ubiquitous as it is powerful, but it has misguided policies on many levels. This notion justifies institutions that drive unequal transactions between individuals and platform enterprises, as well as protectionist international policies. A fairer digital economy requires a move beyond the simplistic view of data as a resource.

Christopher Olk

Trumping the Politics of Torture

February 5, 2017 Human Rights and International Law

The refusal of the United States to adhere to global norms on torture is undermining the foundations of the human rights movement. As President Trump openly advocates the use of torture, it is now more pertinent than ever for the international community to hold perpetrators of human rights transgressions accountable.

Lo Riches

Europe’s Splintered Union

January 25, 2017 European Policy

In the wake of the Brexit vote, anti-European political movements have been gaining momentum throughout the continent. In order to understand why, we must go beyond traditional explanations and take a hard look at Europe’s economic crisis and current trends in migration, misinformation as well as declining political engagement.

Dylan Chambers

Avoiding a Persian Flavor of Dutch Disease

January 25, 2017 Economic Policy

When sanctions on Iran were lifted, the country moved toward market liberalization. Now pressure on the Iranian Rial is undermining non-oil export sectors as they lose competitiveness both nationally and internationally. If Iran’s economy is to flourish, policy makers will need to embrace a new mix of fiscal, structural and monetary policies.

Ramona Hotz, Josiah Littlehales, Federica Merenda & Roberto Musmeci

Is Microfinance a Sustainable Solution to Poverty?

July 16, 2016 Development and Global Health

Microfinance is based on the idea that people can be lifted out of poverty through the help of microloans. It has become a key part of the global development strategy, as a bottom-up poverty alleviation tool. But despite its wide popularity, various studies have shown that its effects have generally been far from beneficial to the poor.

Ana Maria Tabacaru

That Small Plaster on the Russian Bear

July 16, 2016 European Policy

Two years after the downing of Malaysia Airline flight MH17 the geopolitical rammifications of this tragic event – and the EU’s heavy-handed retaliation – are stronger than ever. This article explores the rhetorical dimension of the EU-Russian confrontation over the Ukrainian crisis and questions the effectiveness of the EU’s sanctions-led response.

Marta Cioci