The Rise and Fall of Free Trade
Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular”, so wrote Lord Macaulay, the poet and historian, in 1824. His words were true then and are if anything, even more true today. Which is odd when we consider that, between Macaulay’s lifetime and our own, average incomes have improved, at a conservative estimate, by some 3000 per cent – largely as a consequence of globalization. So why is it still so unpopular? This course will look at the way in which a fundamentally counter-intuitive idea triumphed.
Pensamiento Moderno y Posmodernidad
Nada más complicado y más apasionante que intentar comprender el presente y los movimientos e ideas que le dan forma. Este seminario da un repaso al pensamiento de los últimos sesenta años, con la intención de comprender fenómenos contemporáneos como la transparencia, la posmodernidad, el individualismo, el nuevo primitivismo, el populismo o el igualitarismo. Estos y otros conceptos se inscriben en el proceso de crisis general del pensamiento y, en particular, de la filosofía política y de los principios fundamentales de la democracia y el liberalismo clásico. Hablaremos de autores como Umberto Eco, Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Lipovetsky, Jean-François Lyotard, Gianni Vattimo, Allan Bloom, Claude Lefort o Jan Patocka.
Statecraft and Liberal Reform in Advanced Democracies
This course explains how democracies and welfare states can achieve welfare-enhancing, liberal institutional reforms. We will study how to govern a country well and how to overcome different barriers to reform, such as special interests, negativity biases and media logic. The course is of interest for anyone who is concerned about budget deficits, slow growth, over regulation, lack of structural reforms and the rise of populism.
The UK and the European Union: a misunderstanding?
The aim of this seminar is to explore Britain’s relationship with the EU from the Second World War to the current period through a range of primary sources. Together we will try to understand how the UK joined the European project as a reluctant partner, how the relationship transformed the Anglo-British constitution, how it poisoned British political life, how it eventually led to Brexit in 2016, and what the latest decisions mean for the future of the relationship between the UK and the EU.