The Monkey Cage: Political Economy


Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Rich people rule!

Political science is zeroing in on the political impact of economic power in America, and the results are not edifying.

By Larry Bartels  |  11:08 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Political Economy, Political Science

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/08/2014

The rich are running Latin America -- and why that matters

Democracies all over the world are disproportionately run by rich politicians. And that makes a difference.

By Noam Lupu and Nicholas Carnes  |  09:11 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Inequality, Political Economy

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Why hasn’t democracy saved us from inequality?

Thomas Piketty’s bestseller raises as many questions as it answers.

By Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage  |  02:50 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economic History, Political Economy

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 03/31/2014

Should we care about inequality? Let’s ask *another* philosopher

Not all inequality is created equally.

By David Stasavage  |  10:52 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Political Economy

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 03/27/2014

If Ukraine expropriates Russian firms, other multinationals probably won’t care

If Ukraine expropriates Russian business assets, it shouldn’t worry that this will lead to capital flight. Non-Russian multinationals probably won’t care.

By Rachel Wellhausen  |  11:04 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Political Economy, Ukraine

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 03/19/2014

The euro is a democratic disaster

Europe is still reeling from the economic damage done by the 2008 financial crisis. The political damage may be even worse.

By Henry Farrell  |  04:19 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Europe, international political economy, International Relations

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 02/26/2014

In America’s War on Poverty, the free market is AWOL

The expanded safety net has contributed significantly to reducing poverty in America over the past half-century; but our market economy has not

By Larry Bartels  |  06:06 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  political economy, poverty

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Bitcoin is like Tinkerbell: If people stop clapping, it’s going to die

If the general public doesn’t start believing in Bitcoin it is likely to evaporate.

By Henry Farrell  |  09:29 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  political economy

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/18/2014

The ‘Fragile Five’ will not create a new global economic crisis

Fears that the ‘Fragile Five’ will provoke a new global financial crisis are overblown. The cycle of economic instability is driven by the political economy of the US, not peripheral countries.

By Thomas Oatley  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international political economy, international relations

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/07/2014

How bond markets police balanced budget rules

It’s bond buyers, not lawsuits, that make balanced budget rules work

By Henry Farrell  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  European Union, political economy

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 11/21/2013

How Valve demonstrates democracy in the workplace

Valve Software demonstrates how democratic decision making can have crucial benefits for business as well as politics.

By Henry Farrell  |  10:09 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  political economy

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Can competitive elections decrease investment? Yes.

When elections are competitive, people hold off on making investments that would be costly to unload.

By Brandice Canes-Wrone and Jee-Kwang Park  |  12:32 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, political economy