Analysis

Firm foundations? UK residential property investment and the Housing and Planning Act

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19 May 2016
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Region: 
UK

Following a slow but ultimately successful passage through Parliament, the centrepiece of the UK government’s housing reform agenda has received Royal Assent. Through its explicit prioritisation of ownership over rental, the Housing and Planning Act legislates for the government’s ambition to...

PIPS politics: what four recent European elections tell us

17 Mar 2016
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Region: 
EU/Eurozone

The defeat of centre-right governments in Portugal, Ireland, Poland, and Spain despite favourable economic statistics highlights the difficulty for European governments to earn a political dividend if growth is not increasing living standards. Voters are more willing to support political...

Politics and Policy 2016

Author: 
21 Jan 2016
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

As ever, 2016 will be a year in which the landscape for businesses and investors in the EU will be shaped by the choices of politicians and policymakers.

It will be a year in which identity politics, euroscepticism and external instability will strain the EU’s basic structure, dictate the...

Knowing when to quit: assessing the Nairobi WTO Ministerial

12 Jan 2016
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Region: 
Multilateral

While the eyes of the world were fixed on Paris in December 2015 for the COP21 climate summit, the 10th WTO Ministerial was also taking place in Nairobi in Kenya. WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo described the package of measures agreed at Nairobi as the most significant package of reforms...

Jokowi: One Year On

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4 Nov 2015
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Region: 
ASEAN

Last week marked one year since Joko Widodo took up office as President of Indonesia. Jokowi’s rise to power was swift and many doubted the ability of an outsider to effectively manage Indonesia’s acutely insider brand of politics; at the same time, he enjoyed an almost unprecedented popular...