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Exit, voice, and loyalty: Lessons from Brexit for global governance

Economist Albert Hirschman’s marvelously perceptive little book with big ideas written in 1970 titled “Exit, Voice and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations and States” provides a cornucopia of insights into understanding Brexit and the current state of global governance. When it emerged American economist Kenneth Arrow marveled at its extraordinary richness, and political scientist Karl Deutsch, in his presidential address to the American Political Science Association , called it an “outstanding contribution to political theory.” Read more...

July 7, 2016


 

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The Growing Obesity Epidemic Needs as Much Attention as Undernutrition in Sustainable Development Goals

The growing epidemic of obesity and related Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) of diabetes and cardiac arrests have become a daily fare in OECD country media (e.g. here). Obesity and undernutrition now co-exist in a large number of countries (Figure 1). Indeed under business as usual obesity will outstrip undernourishment in numbers: 795 million are estimated to be hungry by FAO in 2014 [1] , but more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older were overweight according to WHO in 2014. Read more...

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Measuring poverty and hunger can raise more questions than answers

 

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