What I learned from… Rod Dacombe

Rod Dacombe (2011) Can we argue against it? Performance management and state funding of voluntary organizations in the UK. Public Money & Management, 31(3), 159-166. Say you volunteer to help an old lady carrying groceries from the store. Should she thank you if you drag the bags across the street and break everything that she…

What I learned from… Elisa Cavatorta

Cavatorta, E. (2010) Unobserved common factors in military expenditure interactions across MENA countries. Defence and Peace Economics, 21(4), 301-316. What Elisa is interested in doing here is to go beyond the most typical variables used to explain military expenditure (monetary capacity, perception of external threats, perception of internal threats). Although I am using the word…

What I learned from… Damien Bol

Bol, D. (2016). Electoral reform, values and party self-interest. Party Politics, 22(1), 93-104. Political parties need to follow electoral rules to get elected but, once elected, they can (to some extent) change these rules. What drives them to support changes? Is it a desire to be re-elected or the benefit of society? Apparently, is a…

Hidden energy articles — A final note about the surge of interest in free market environmentalism

I have previously highlighted articles that show an increasing interest in cleaner energy/environment within pro-market circles that used to be fairly dismissive of such things. I’ll be moving on to other topics, but I wanted to close by bringing attention to the following article: ‘Clean Energy‘, by David Battersby on the Adam Smith Institute’s blog.…

What I learned from… Andrew Blick

Blick, A., & Gordon QC, R. (2016). Using the Prerogative for Major Constitutional Change: The United Kingdom Constitution and Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. London: The Constitution Society. This paper was published in 2016. At this time, the UK courts had not yet heard the Gina Miller that eventually showed May could…