Government and Institutions

Rebecca Lowe writes for CapX

Rebecca Lowe, Director of FREER and IEA Research Fellow has written for CapX on how Brexit represents the missed opportunities to come together in the name of values. In the article Rebecca argues that for too long, our political focus has been technocratic. It has been solely on consequences. On outcomes. On metrics. There is, ... Continue reading

IEA publishes report on the EEA and EFTA models of membership of the European Union

Summary:  There seem to be three broad variations to the EEA model: Not joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and ‘continuing’ as party to the EEA Agreement Joining EFTA, and then becoming party to the EEA Agreement as an EFTA member Joining EFTA as an Associate Member and then becoming an EFTA party to ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop comments in the Daily Express

Julian Jessop, Economics Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Daily Express on how Brexit uncertainty is only one of several factors that has been undermining recovery in the Eurozone. In the article Julian argues that other factors include global trade fears, the slowdown in China, the problems in the auto ... Continue reading

Adam Bartha writes for 1828

Director of EPICENTER Adam Bartha has written for 1828 on Macron's speech to the 'citizens of Europe'. "President Macron identifies the problems correctly: populists surging left and right throughout the continent, the EU losing one of its most important member states, and European leaders often sleepwalking into problems, instead of taking swift actions to resolve ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
James Dyson, the British billionaire entrepreneur, has announced that his company will relocate its HQ to Singapore. Having just returned from the financial services hub of South East Asia, it’s not hard for me to understand the appeal. Within one generation, this city state has transformed itself from a third world country to one of ... Continue reading

Dr Steve Davies writes for CapX

Dr Steve Davies, Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for CapX on the realignment of politics we are currently seeing. In the article Steve argues that all over Europe (and elsewhere) we can observe the emergence of a kind of politics usually called ‘authoritarian populism’, but which we could equally ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Rado Tylecote writes for The Telegraph

Radomir Tylecote, Senior Research Analyst at the International Trade and Competition Unit at the IEA has written for The Telegraph on state aid rules and EU tax harmonisation. In the article Rado makes the point that before Christmas, EU proposals described how the Commission Work Programme for 2019 will “streamline” decision-making, for “more efficient” tax ... Continue reading

IEA releases the next in a series of research on use of public money to lobby government

Following on from research published between 2012 and 2014, a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs finds that the use of public money to oppose free market policies has become less blatant in England, while remaining common occurrence in Scotland, Wales, and the European Union. The report “Hand in Glove? A re-examination of ... Continue reading

A re-examination of state-funded activism

Summary: Following on from research published by the IEA between 2012 and 2014, this discussion paper revisits the issue of state-funded activism in the UK and EU. It starts with the hypothesis that there has been a decline in taxpayers’ money given to political advocacy groups because (1) budget cuts under ‘austerity’ have made less ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Those who voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU rightly complained about the centralised political structures in Brussels. The slogan was “take back control”. Even for Remain supporters, like me, that was an understandable slogan given the avalanche of regulation that comes from Brussels that affects our daily lives. ... Continue reading