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About Grahame Thompson

Grahame Thompson is Professor at the Copenhagen Business School and Emeritus Professor of political economy at the Open University.

Articles by Grahame Thompson

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Con- and F-words in the Brexit era

What should post-Brexit governance look like in the UK? What is needed, urgently, is for this to be politically addressed head on.

Institutionalizing populism

A ‘national conversation’ about important matters is becoming almost impossible under these circumstances. Half the population does not want to listen.

Brexit and the rise of populism

Populist nationalisms are replacing social democracy and Christian democracy across Europe. But we cannot, and should not, attempt to resuscitate these traditional models of governance.

Should we worry about global quasi-constitutionalization?

The Rule of Law may be being given away as Rule by Laws replaces a comprehensive system of democratically constituted judicial review.

International contagion under national leadership

Monetary policy needs profitable banks. Do not expect the G20 meeting to solve credit-creation soon.

Crises reveal the underlying architecture of the system. Grahame Thompson sees in the financial crisis the truth of socialised money, the truth of a merely inter-national system of economic governance, and the truth of a media hoked on globalisation.

The financial crisis: unorthodox thoughts

The scale and character of the problems afflicting the finance sector need to be clarified if regulation  is to work. This in turn makes posssible a more nuanced understanding of the "financial-crisis cycle", argues Grahame Thompson.

Responsibility and neo-liberalism

The triumph of neo-liberal globalisation is also the imposition of a new mode of governance of institutions and individuals, to which the idea of responsibility is central. Grahame Thompson examines this achievement and assesses what can be done to address it.

Talking democracy: China's lesson in Denmark

A Danish experiment in citizen-led decision-making left Grahame Thompson convinced that "deliberative democracy" needs to rethink the balance between process and outcome.

What is fundamentalism?

A fear of difference drives fundamentalists towards sameness. In that impulse lies the seed of a path beyond war, says Grahame Thompson.

Learning tolerance

Global peace and security will best be advanced not by the deep institutional changes the United Nations’ high-level panel is likely to advocate, but by modest, incremental - and imaginative - steps, says Grahame Thompson.

The limits to globalisation: questions for Held and Wolf

Grahame Thompson enters the debate on the reality and potential of globalisation with a dual warning to David Held and Martin Wolf: the international financial system is unsustainable – and its coming crisis may undermine both Held’s radical reformism and Wolf’s optimistic certainty.

A strident Victorian or a realistic pluralist?

Grahame Thompson, in response to George Monbiot’s criticisms, elaborates his view that Monbiot’s proposals for future world governance in “The Age of Consent” are not only impractical, but dangerous.

The Age of Confusion

The arguments for a world parliament made by George Monbiot in The “Age of Consent” need to be taken seriously, but in the end they are unrealistic and unworkable argues the co-author of “Globalisation in Question”.
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