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Robert Skidelsky on the Guardian Podcast
The Guardian | Friday, March 14, 2014

 
Yesterday morning Robert Skidelsky participated in one of the Guardian's podcasts, discussing Labour's job guarantee scheme and, ahead of next week's budget, whether or not GDP is a good measure of a country's wellbeing. With Diane Coyle, Larry Elliott and Tom Clark.
 
Listen to it here: www.theguardian.com/politics/audio/2014/mar/13/politics-weekly-podcast-eu-referendum
 
 
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The State of Economics
Robert Skidelsky
INET Conference | Friday, September 06, 2013

 
Economists like to believe that theory drives policy. Bad policy is the result of bad theory; the remedy for bad policy is better theory. Keynes was squarely in this tradition. He remarked that, “practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” He believed that the power of ideas would, sooner or later, overcome the power of vested interests. Perhaps this is true in the long run. Vested interests require the legitimation of ideas; this legitimating function gives ideas their influence on policy. But in the short run, the power of vested interests - the power of power - can rule policy with minimal help from theory.
 
 
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Robert Skidelsky and Niall Ferguson discuss austerity
Thursday, June 06, 2013

 

In 2012 Robert Skidelsky and Niall Ferguson took on the possibility of default in the Eurozone, and austerity versus stimulus, on Fareed Zakaria's CNN show. It's available to watch again here:

 

 

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The Big Think interview
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

 
In the next few weeks we'll be posting links to some of the speeches and talks by Robert Skidelsky that are currently available online. Check back to see interviews and clips you might not have caught before.
 
The first is an interview for Big Think, about JM Keynes's life and work:
 
 
 
 
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