Clive Crook

  • Quantifying the Bradley effect

    Will the result be closer than the polls suggest? Up to now I haven't given much credence to the "Bradley effect" theory of latent racism, perhaps…

  • Obama and the weight of expectations

    As a British citizen living in the US, I don't have a vote in today's election. (So much for "no taxation without representation".) If I did I would…

  • The case for fiscal stimulus

    In this article for National Journal, I look at the arguments for a second fiscal stimulus. In light of the most recent data another fiscal boost is…

  • McCain on taxes

    I've had a lot of emails about a recent piece on McCain's failure to sell his main tax proposal--the refundable credit for health insurance. The…

  • How McCain lost the centrist vote

    This week my FT column looked at McCain's neglect of the political center--and why, if he had paid attention to it, he might now be leading in the…

  • Letter from London

    I've been visiting London and the north of England for the past few days. Since I moved to the US in 2005, I've neglected British politics somewhat.…

  • More on "the end of capitalism"

    What form will the backlash against lightly regulated capitalism take in the US? I ponder the question is this piece for the FT's Analysis page: Even…

  • The final presidential debate

    It was the best of the three, and way better than the useless second debate, for sure. The format worked well--sitting at a table seemed to encourage…

  • Two readings on "the end of capitalism"

    My column for the FT this week (mentioned here two posts ago) states my own view on the implications of the financial crisis for the future of…

  • Congratulations to Paul Krugman

    Warmest congratulations to Paul Krugman on getting the Nobel prize. It was overdue (but then it usually is). I can't think of an economist who could…

  • Column: A system overwhelmed by innovation

    My Monday column for the FT speculates on how the financial crisis will affect the debate about the respective roles of state and market.The stunning…

  • Book review: The Closing of the American Border

    Recommended reading: "The Closing of the American Border" by Edward Alden, which I reviewed in the FT earlier this week. I'll paste the review after…

  • Did conservatism overreach?

    It's rarely a good idea to pick fights with one's friends--especially the clever ones--but I'll take issue with Gideon Rachman's column,…

  • No Depression

    Here is a brave and very interesting piece by Larry Kotlikoff and Perry Mehrling. I wonder if it is correct. Global markets have not been reassured…

  • Diminishing returns in the Nashville debate

    It dragged. Obama and McCain both concentrated on talking-points that are, by now, tiringly familiar. And the format encouraged them. Neither man was…

  • McCain and Palin and the uphill struggle

    My latest column for the FT notices the role inversion apparent in the race so far.Mr McCain finds himself in a curious position. He entered the race…

  • The Biden-Palin debate

    Curiouser and curiouser. This was the Palin of earlier in the campaign--if not quite the Palin of the convention speech, at least the adequate though…

  • Who is to blame for the bailout paralysis?

    This was not a good moment to be reminded that the separation of powers, and the hypersensitivity of the US Congress to public opinion, sometimes…

  • The Oxford debate

    After the last couple of days, McCain badly needed to win Friday's debate. My immediate feeling was that he didn't even manage a draw. Obama was on…

  • McCain's worst day

    Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for McCain on Thursday. He stands implicated in the stalling of the financial rescue plan. His proposal…

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