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About Robert Wade

Robert Wade is professor of political economy at the London School of Economics. He worked as a World Bank economist in the 1980s.

Articles by Robert Wade

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The financial crisis: burst bubble, frayed model

The worldwide consequences of instability in the United States property market reveal the fragile pillars of neo-liberal globalisation, says Robert Wade.

The world’s World Bank problem

The crisis that led to Paul Wolfowitz's forced resignation from the World Bank raises the longer-term question of the global institution's domination by the United States, says Robert Wade.

Globalisation: emancipating or reinforcing?

What are the real trends of global economic growth, and how widely are the benefits of global trade shared? A close look at the evidence casts doubt on conventional optimism, writes Robert Wade.

The invisible hand of the American empire

The United States rigs the international economic system to its own advantage, argues the distinguished international economist Robert Hunter Wade.

Inequality of world incomes: what should be done?

The evidence strongly suggests that global income inequality has risen in the last twenty years. The standards of measuring this change, and the reasons for it, are contested – but the trend is clear. The ‘champagne glass’ effect implies that advocacy of globalisation is not enough: international organisations need to move beyond integration into the world economy as the primary goal of policy.

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