Clive Crook

Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

  • Was that liberal enough for you?

    It was nothing if not bold. Far from sliding away from his promise to reform healthcare, Obama affirmed it by proposing a $635 billion "downpayment"…

  • It depends what you mean by nationalize

    Not even the most generous observer would say that the Treasury and the Fed have done a good job of explaining the thinking behind their financial…

  • It depends what you mean by nationalize

    Not even the most generous observer would say that the Treasury and the Fed have done a good job of explaining the thinking behind their financial…

  • Obama's state of the union

    Much as I admire Obama, the thought that would not leave me alone as I listened to his speech was "diminishing returns". It was a good campaign…

  • Obama's fiscal policy

    In this column for the Financial Times, I say that once the recovery is secure, taxes are going to have to go up--and not just on the top sliver of…

  • Obama's fiscal policy

    In this column for the Financial Times, I say that once the recovery is secure, taxes are going to have to go up--and not just on the top sliver of…

  • Some thoughts on Obama's housing plan

    The administration's housing plan seems well thought out. All three parts address clear weaknesses in the present arrangements. The refinancing…

  • Some thoughts on the housing plan

    The administration's housing plan seems well thought out. All three parts address clear weaknesses in the present arrangements. The refinancing…

  • Is 1,400 pages a problem?

    My friend Stan Collender, who knows more about the budget process than anybody else I can think of, says my wife is wonderful but takes me to task…

  • Is 1,400 pages a problem?

    My friend Stan Collender, who knows more about the budget process than anybody else I can think of, says my wife is wonderful but takes me to task…

  • Book review: Animal Spirits by Akerlof and Shiller

    [From Monday's FT]Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism. By George Akerlof and Robert…

  • Obama and the search for consensus

    My latest column for the FT argues that Obama should not give up on seeking consensus. This is where the piece ends up:In each case - fiscal stimulus…

  • Fiscal stimulus: repent at leisure

    The administration was right to press for a big fiscal stimulus, I think, and it is better to have the bill that emerged from Congress than none.…

  • Fiscal stimulus: repent at leisure

    The administration was right to press for a big fiscal stimulus, I think, and it is better to have the bill that emerged from Congress than none.…

  • Not exactly a vote of confidence

    Watching Geithner I recalled that the president had declined to take questions about the new financial stability plan at his press conference on…

  • Not exactly a vote of confidence

    Watching Geithner I recalled that the president had declined to take questions about the new financial stability plan at his press conference on…

  • Dismal science, revisited

    Paul Krugman and Robert Barro have both responded to my column accusing them of putting politics first. Paul wonders what has happened to me:

  • Dismal science, revisited

    Paul Krugman and Robert Barro have both responded to my column accusing them of putting politics first. Paul wonders what has happened to me.

  • Son of TARP

    The Obama administration knows that the politics of its new Financial Stability Plan is even more difficult than the economics--which is saying…

  • Son of TARP

    [This comment appears in Wednesday's FT.]The Obama administration knows that the politics of its new Financial Stability Plan is even more difficult…

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