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Comment about current policy and politics, and how Social Policy Bonds could improve them



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The costs of bad policy are ... spread across the public at large, making it harder for them to organise. Getting it back: how America's economy is rigged by special interests. 'The Economist', 30 November 2017, in a review of The Captured Economy: H...

As far as I know, there's not been a single trial of the original Social Policy Bonds. Social Impact Bonds, on the other hand, are being issued in about nineteen countries. The main difference is that SIBs aren't tradable and, as I argue here and her...

One reason I don't watch tv programmes about wildlife is given by George Monbiot:To be aware of the wonder and enchantment of the world, its astonishing creatures and complex interactions, and to be aware simultaneously of the remarkably rapid destru...

Helena Bottemiller Evich writes about research done by Irakli Loladze on the effects of a changing atmosphere on the nutritional content of plants:  “Every leaf and every grass blade on earth makes more and more sugars as CO2 levels keep risin...

Clay Shirky writes about Joseph Tainter's 1988 book The Collapse of Complex Societies.  One of the interesting questions about Tainter’s thesis is whether markets and democracy, the core mechanisms of the modern world, will let us avoid comp...

There's a lot of lip service paid to the notion of the free market, as if competition, at least over the long run, will lead to economic efficiency. There are many problems with this. The biggest, in my view, is that we now have political systems tha...

Dr Jason Fung explains why 'there is so much money being raised for heart disease or cancer or diabetes, and why there is so little real medical progress.' As he says, 'there are many ways that Big Pharma pays doctors': The most common are speaker...







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