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Diary Secretary/Administrator role in Lord Skidelsky’s office
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lord Skidelsky is looking for a part-time diary secretary/executive assistant to work in his Westminster office.
The role will involve:
- monitoring and responding to email and other correspondence
- organising extensive travel overseas, as well as travel in the UK
- extensive diary management
- liaising with event organisers
- keeping records and updating the website
Applicants should have excellent organisational skills and have proven experience in providing diary and administrative support to management/senior staff in business or government. Experience of working in parliament would be an advantage but not essential; the role does not involve direct parliamentary work or research.
This is a part-time role, 12

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Response to ‘Post Crash Economics’ by Brad DeLong
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Brad DeLong has published an interesting comment on my Project Syndicate piece, 'Post-Crash Economics', giving his perspective on economics degree teaching.
Available on the Washington Center for Equitable Growth blog:
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Post-Crash Economics
Robert Skidelsky
Project Syndicate | Thursday, June 19, 2014

In last month’s European Parliament election, euroskeptic and extremist parties won 25% of the popular vote, with the biggest gains chalked up in France, the United Kingdom, and Greece. These results were widely, and correctly, interpreted as showing the degree of disconnect between an arrogant European elite and ordinary citizens.
Less noticed, because less obviously political, are today’s intellectual rumblings, of which French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a withering indictment of growing inequality, is the latest manifestation. We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of the neoliberal capitalist consensus that has prevailed throughout the West since the 1980s – and that many claim led to the

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Speech on the Infrastructure Bill
Robert Skidelsky
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Lords, a Bill on infrastructure that is mainly to do with the rearrangement of Whitehall agencies and minor improvements in planning application procedures invites the question of what the relationship is between its provisions and the promotion of investment in infrastructure.
My first point is that cutting public capital investment has been an integral part of the Government’s strategy for reducing the budget deficit—in fact, the only successful part. Gross public sector investment fell from £69 billion in 2009-10 to £45 billion in 2013-14 and has barely started to creep up. That is always how it happens. Cutting capital spending is much easier than cutting current spending. Private sector investment has not taken up the slack.

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The Road to Full Investment
Robert Skidelsky
Project Syndicate | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A specter is haunting the treasuries and central banks of the West – the specter of secular stagnation. What if there is no sustainable recovery from the economic slump of 2008-2013? What if the sources of economic growth have dried up – not temporarily, but permanently?
The new pessimism comes not from Marxists, who have always looked for telltale signs of capitalism’s collapse, but from the heart of the policymaking establishment: Larry Summers, former US President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of the Treasury, and chief economist of almost everything at one time or another.
Summers’s argument, in a nutshell, is that if the expected profitability of investment is falling, interest rates need to fall to the same extent. But interest rates

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