Blogs by Jeremy Jennings

Jeremy Jennings

Jeremy Jennings

Professor Jeremy Jennings is Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Thought at Queen Mary, University of London. His latest work, Revolution and the Republic: A History of Political Thought in France, was recently published by Oxford University Press.

The Sins of Legislation

30 December 2012 - 2013 Policy Resolutions

In the lead up to the new year, six authors connected with the CPS will outline a policy resolution they would like to see adopted by the government in 2013. Today, Professor Jeremy Jennings proposes reducing our level of legislative activity. Yesterday, Ryan Bourne wrote about renewing calls for deregulation.Towards the end ...

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Alexis de Tocqueville goes to China!

03 December 2012 - China

Professor Jeremy Jennings is Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Thought at Queen Mary, University of London. His latest works are 'Revolution and the Republic: A History of Political Thought in France' published by Oxford University Press and his edition of Destutt de Tracy's 'A Treatise on ...

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What chance the Big Society?

22 October 2012 - Politics

My guess is that supporters of the CPS are not greatly interested in the Big Society. I might be wrong, but I suspect that for most the priorities lie in limiting the activities of the state, cutting taxation, and reducing the deficit. Ending big government rather than crafting the big ...

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In the land of Adam Smith

30 August 2012 - Economy

Among the more intriguing aspects of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s personality is an interest in the work of Adam Smith. This interest is genuine and long-standing. In part it derives from the fact that both Smith and Brown – admittedly some two hundred years apart – were both born ...

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Who lost in the first round of the French Presidential elections?

01 May 2012 - Europe

In a follow up to yesterday's blog about Marine Le Pen, Professor Jeremy Jennings of QMUL writes on the losers of the first round of the French Presidential election. If Marine Le Pen was the symbolic winner of the first round of France’s Presidential elections, who were the losers?Most obviously, Nicolas ...

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The French Presidential Elections: who really won the first round?

30 April 2012 - Europe

Professor Jeremy Jennings, expert on French political philosophy, notes that Marine Le Pen and her anti-EU policies are the real winners of the first round of the French vote. Make no mistake. There was only one winner of the first round of France’s presidential election on April 22 and it was ...

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A Classic of Liberal Thought

02 March 2012 - History

Professor Jeremy Jennings is Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Thought at Queen Mary, University of London. His latest works are Revolution and the Republic: A History of Political Thought in France published by Oxford University Press in 2011 and his edition of Destutt de Tracy's 'A ...

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The origins of laissez-faire

27 January 2012 - History

Professor Jeremy Jennings blogs on the origins of the term "laissez-faire". My assumption is that the majority of people who read CPS blogs believe in a free market and that they are familiar with the pro-market arguments advanced by writers such as Adam Smith and Friedrich von Hayek. However I wonder ...

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News from France!

12 December 2011 - Europe

Last Friday I had dinner with a friend from the French Embassy. He and his wife came hotfoot from a reception at the ambassador’s residence in Kensington Park Gardens after what must have been a busy day for Embassy staff. It is hard to over-emphasise the professionalism of such people ...

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The Horror! The Horror!

05 December 2011 - History

As many readers of the Centre for Policy Studies website will know, these were the words uttered by Mr Kurtz in Joseph Conrad’s famous novel, The Heart of Darkness. T. S. Eliot later used them as an epigraph to his original manuscript of The Wasteland. They are often seen as ...

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Luigi Einaudi: An Italian Politician Worth Remembering

26 October 2011 - History

Professor Jeremy Jennings, Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Thought at QMUL, on the Italian politician Luigi Einaudi. Over recent years we have become so used to reading about the comic behaviour of Silvio Berlusconi that it is tempting to imagine that the entire Italian political class is ...

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The Armani Riots

05 September 2011 - Social Policy

When I lived in Birmingham I occasionally used to visit the new Harvey Nichols store. There was a Paul Smith pinstripe suit that I particularly liked. Over a period of months I watched its price come down, but not even during the sale did it come ...

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UK Riots: Might the Left be right?

17 August 2011 - Social Policy

Professor Jeremy Jennings examines the arguments made by Charles Moore in The Daily Telegraph post-riots.Readers of the newspaper columns of Charles Moore will be aware that he has recently advanced the challenging thesis that the Left might actually be right. It turns out, Moore wrote last month ...

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A tale of two presses

27 July 2011 - General

Amidst calls for tougher press regulation in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, Professor Jeremy Jennings takes a look at the repercussions of state involvement in journalism in France.  Towards the end of last May I received a set of proofs for an article on Nicolas ...

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