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This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

Rosemary Belcher-2.jpg

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Finance Curse - introduction

Paying billions in tax revenues, the City would surely be an asset to any country. Wouldn't it? A new book, The Finance Curse, argues that far from being a "golden goose", having an oversized financial sector is seriously damaging to an economy.

The resource curse, or the paradox of poverty from plenty

Is finance like crude oil? Countries rich in minerals are often poverty-stricken, corrupt and violent. A relatively small rent-seeking elite captures vast wealth while the dominant sector crowds out the rest of the economy. The parallels with countries ‘blessed’ with powerful financial sectors are becoming too obvious to ignore.

The Men who Stole the World: An interview with Nicholas Shaxson

Nicholas Shaxson’s latest book is a shocking account of the scale, depth and penetration of tax havens across the globe. Here, the author cuts to the heart of the problem, in an interview with the New Left Project.

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