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Review: The Quiet Before. On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas, by Gal Beckerman

Dick Pountain


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When I first sat down to write this review, the runners and riders had just been announced for the race within the UK Conservative Party to find a replacement for the disgraced PrimeMinister, Boris Johnson. Out of eleven starters, ten immediately declared their intention to reduce taxes and shrink the size of the British state, despite advice from the whole economic profession that doing so would worsen inflation and inequality.

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  • Dick Pountain

    Dick Pountain

    Dick Pountain was editor of the UK's first PC magazine, Personal Computer World, and then managing editor of the software magazine Soft.

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Volume 94, Issue 3

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Includes a commentary by Colin Crouch on the dark heart of today's Conservative party, an article by Stewart Lansley tracing the history of ‘crowding out’, and its use as a justification for austerity and state deflation; and Tim Vlandas and Kate Alexander-Shaw debating the political economy of age. In our reports and surveys section, Deborah Mabbett asks where next for curbing London's emissions? The issue also includes a selection of book reviews such as Andrew Gamble on The Culture of Accountability: A Democratic Virtue by Gianfranco Pasquino and Riccardo Pelizzo, and Leila Simona Talani on Europe's Coming of Age by Loukas Tsoukalis.

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