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About Desmond Cohen

Desmond Cohen was previously an Economic Advisor to HM Treasury, and subsequently Reader in economics and Dean of the School of Social Sciences at University of Sussex. Many Visiting Professorships in Economics at overseas universities including Berkeley, ANU  and Vassar. His most recent posts include Director of the HIV/AIDS and Development Pgm of UNDP, and advisor to the Drug Policy Reform Programme of the Soros Foundation.

Articles by Desmond Cohen

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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The delusion of economic sovereignty

In an integrated world it is a chimera to believe that one can establish some long-lost economic sovereignty. 

Austerity in one country: The case of Britain

A decade of failed economic and social policies has left the UK economy in a perilous state. 

We may have another election but our unfair voting system still ignores most Britons

An analysis of how many people it takes to elect an MP shows most Britons are still being ignored during elections

The Glorious Referendum on the EU – Why it doesn’t represent the will of the people

With millions from Remain voting demographics excluded from the vote, and the result narrow, there's no reason for the government to see the Brexit result as final.

From Concorde to Hinkley: The EU and Britain's trade and investment policy

It’s déjà vu all over again. This malapropism is usually attributed to Yogi Berra, a famous baseball player in the early 1960s. It also seems to be appropriate now when thinking about internati...

Brexit was a crisis long in the making

The Brexit vote was the reaping of years of deepening inequality, sown by the neoliberal policy programmes of successive governments.

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