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Blogs by Ryan Bourne

Ryan joined the Centre for Policy Studies in January 2011, having previously worked for a year at the economic consultancy firm Frontier Economics.

  • Society is broken: conservsatives have the tools to fix

    Society is broken: conservsatives have the tools to fix

    | Social Policy
    At a Conservative Home event earlier this year, journalist Iain Martin claimed that David Cameron’s cabinet wasn’t really interested in economics. “Following his leadership victory in 2005,” Martin said, “Cameron saw a sort of economic consensus. He was determined to fight the 2010 election on social ...
  • American conservatives must unite to defeat Obama in 2012

    American conservatives must unite to defeat Obama in 2012

    | Foreign Policy
    Last week, a Young Britons' Foundation delegation attended the National Conservative Students Conference, organised by the Young America’s Foundation in Washington DC. Over the course of the conference we heard from top American politicians, journalists and celebrities on the state of conservatism there.It is fair to ...
  • News international and market dominance

    News international and market dominance

    | General
    Following the closure of the News of the World, research economist Ryan Bourne examines the consequences for the newspaper industryOver the past two weeks, much has been said about the ‘market dominance’ of Rupert Murdoch’s news operations. But is this justified? To assert that an individual ...
  • What bothers me about the phone hacking coverage

    What bothers me about the phone hacking coverage

    | General
    Another day, and yet again pretty much wall-to-wall coverage of the phone hacking scandal. Though personally I am growing tired of the story, there is no doubt that it is engaging political theatre. As Andrew Neil said last night on This Week, “even the Coronation Street ...
  • A stimulus and the fiscal multiplier

    A stimulus and the fiscal multiplier

    | Economy
    On Wednesday, I attended an event hosted by the APPG on ‘Economics, Banking and Finance’ on the ‘Future of political economy’ in the UK. The discussion was discursive in topic nature but highly impressive in intellectual content. The extent of differences in opinion perhaps showed why economics ...
  • NHS managers: “NHS cuts will lead to waiting times increasing”. Only one problem – there aren’t any cuts

    NHS managers: “NHS cuts will lead to waiting times increasing”. Only one problem – there aren’t any cuts

    | Public Services
    Whilst devouring my marmite on toast this morning, and listening to another expert reeled out to discuss the phone-hacking scandal, one of Sky News BREAKING NEWS banners caught my attention“OVER 50% OF NHS MANAGERS BELIEVE WAITING TIMES WILL INCREASE AS A RESULT OF NHS CUTS”, it said. ...
  • Principle, ideology and politics

    Principle, ideology and politics

    | Politics
    Banning the use of wild animals in circuses is not everyone’s priority in policy terms. But what struck me about Mark Pritchard’s stand last week was that the ensuing media coverage focused on the implications of his defiance on his political career. He’ll never be a Minister now, ...
  • The rumours from Treasury would increase the justification for our bank reprivatisation mechanism

    The rumours from Treasury would increase the justification for our bank reprivatisation mechanism

    | Economy
    The CPS read with interest a piece that appeared in the Times on Monday, which suggested that the government is saying the cost of bailing out RBS and Lloyds has fallen thanks to the fees and taxes the banks have paid.According to the article:“Treasury officials ...
  • Responding to criticisms of bank reprivatisation proposals

    Responding to criticisms of bank reprivatisation proposals

    | Economy
    As Tim Knox acknowledged on Thursday, the fact that the Deputy Prime Minister supports something that looks like our Give us our fair shares proposal is welcome. However, the devil is in the detail in making this policy work. We feel that the recommendations made in our paper ...
  • The Coalition's Inflation Headache

    The Coalition's Inflation Headache

    | Economy
    Fraser Nelson is right. Last week’s inflation figures should have been the biggest concern to the government. Stuck at 4.5% (2.5% above the MPC’s target), rising prices are starting to hack into people’s standard of living. Food, fuel and energy are all getting more expensive – ...
  • Competition, not privatisation, is key to public service reforms

    Competition, not privatisation, is key to public service reforms

    | Public Services
    For those who bear to watch BBC Question Time, one word seems to invoke more anger from audience members than any other: privatisation.To right-wingers, this is a mystery. ‘Surely they must be left-wing ideologues?’ we ask, ‘craving for state control of every service and aspect ...
  • Tomorrow's Rally Against Debt

    Tomorrow's Rally Against Debt

    | Economy
    The Government's policies appear to be satisfying the bond markets - evidenced by it being able to borrow at low rates of interest. By pledging to eliminate the structural deficit by the end of the Parliament, they have convinced the markets they are getting debt accumulation ...
  • University funding - misconceptions and government mistakes

    University funding - misconceptions and government mistakes

    | Public Services
    Dear, oh dear. With each passing day the government seems to be getting itself in a right tangle with mixed policy messages. Yesterday it was the turn of David Willetts, who appeared to suggest that extra university places might be generated if individuals could get privately ...
  • Now and Then: 30 killer statistics showing how the UK has changed since the last major Royal wedding

    Now and Then: 30 killer statistics showing how the UK has changed since the last major Royal wedding

    | Economy
    The impending Royal Wedding will happen almost 30 years after Charles and Diana tied the knot in July 1981. There is no doubt that life in Britain has changed substantially since then, both economically and socially. Below I have presented 30 statistics (one per year) that ...
  • EU budget demands are a test for Cameron

    EU budget demands are a test for Cameron

    | Economy
    From 1st April, the government’s fiscal consolidation was starting to bite. It will be making £16 billion worth of spending cuts this year, whilst increases to VAT and employees’ National Insurance Contributions will squeeze family incomes. Nevertheless, support for the restraint has by-and-large been resolute. Most ...