Political Science 15. Wars and political economy Part III The cold war era

The war was finally over; or was it? Let me reiterate that this series is a study of Economics, which includes Political Economics. However, Political Economics emerged from the use, or threat of the use of, force; and is evolving alongside developments in the use of force and/or the threat of it; and because the use of force by states is continuously evolving, so is political economics. It is therefore imperative that we address the two, together.

Coined in the eighteenth century under moral philosophy, “Political Economics” originally looked at the states’ administration of wealth. Early in the twentieth century, this subject converted to Economics. It was after WW 1, when the dependence on colonies became glaring, that economists adverted to the economic interdependence of states and, the fact that Political Economy was linked to the use of force and, therefore, also diplomacy.

As WW 11 approached its end, it

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James Shaw’s mea culpa on Green School funding exposed his lack of political nous

James Shaw standing in front of a building: Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

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When Green party leader, James Shaw, apologised for backing the use of public funds for a private school last week, he ventured down a well-trodden path of the political mea culpa to save his own skin before October’s election. While he’s not the first person to row back a policy in New Zealand politics, or during this Covid pandemic, whether he survives may have as much to do with how he manages the public’s perception of him as a leader, as it does with the nature of his mistake.

James Shaw standing in front of a building: James Shaw came under fire for effectively backing a private school with public funds.

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James Shaw came under fire for effectively backing a private school with public funds.

Of the current party leaders in the New Zealand parliament, James Shaw is probably the least comfortable public communicator. Over his parliamentary career he has never shown much understanding of the art of

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With his political skills, Merrill was able to package, market a governing philosophy in three words

Former Gov. Steve Merrill had a way about him that would make people around him comfortable, even if they disagreed with what he was saying. >> Download the FREE WMUR appMerrill, who died on Saturday at the age of 74, had the political skills to convey his conservative approach to governing succinctly – in three words, in fact: “New Hampshire Advantage.”The genesis of what became known as the New Hampshire Advantage was certainly not new to Merrill. It had been a tradition in the Granite State, especially among Republicans, for decades preceding him.It was brought to the forefront in the 1970s by former Gov. Meldrim “Ax the Tax” Thomson, Jr. and carried on by former Gov. John H. Sununu and then former Gov. Judd Gregg, who went on to serve three terms in the U.S. Senate.It’s a phrase that encapsulates a way of thinking and governing that has been carried … Read More