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  • Why targeting 0.7% of GDP is nonsense

    Why targeting 0.7% of GDP is nonsense

    Adam Memon | | Foreign Policy
    For a goal which has proved so persistent, it is astonishing that the intellectual basis for the 0.7% of GDP target for foreign aid is so weak.The target was endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1970 in response to a recommendation from the Pearson Commission on International Development. It ...
  • Be a bold reformer, George: end national pay bargaining for individuals' pay in the public sector

    Be a bold reformer, George: end national pay bargaining for individuals' pay in the public sector

    Ryan Bourne | |
    A recent study of successful fiscal consolidations suggested that the spending adjustments often occur amidst a more general ‘pro-reform’ stance of the government, on the supply side as well as the spending side.Nowhere is that supply-side more important as the public sector. And no one supply-side policy would do more ...
  • Reaction to the public borrowing figures

    Reaction to the public borrowing figures

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    The public sector borrowing figures out today are still pretty grim. Borrowing for August was almost exactly the same as last year (both around £14.4 billion) whilst overall the current budget deficit was higher in August 2012 (£13.2 billion) than last year (£12.8 billion). This means that overall the cumulative ...
  • Spending the 'pupil premium'

    Spending the 'pupil premium'

    Tom Burkard | | Public Services
    Tom Burkard is a Visiting Professor of Education Policy at the University of Derby.  He is the co-author of the Sound Foundations reading and spelling programmes, which are rapidly gaining recognition as the most cost-effective means of preventing reading failure.Ofsted chief Michael Wilshaw has taken schools to task for spending the 'pupil ...
  • Sowell on the folly of redistribution and wealth grabs

    Sowell on the folly of redistribution and wealth grabs

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    There’s a very good column by Thomas Sowell on the National Review Online discussing the folly of redistribution, and in particular wealth grabs. The context is the re-emergence of a video of Barack Obama saying how much he is in favour of redistribution (which is a lot less appealing to ...
  • Assange, Sweden, The U.K. and The U.S.

    Assange, Sweden, The U.K. and The U.S.

    Ted Bromund | | Foreign Policy
    Regular CPS blogger Dr. Ted Bromund, Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at Washington D.C.'s Heritage Foundation, and Andrew Robert James Southam, a former extradition case officer in the International Criminal Policy Directorate of the Home Office, write on the issues surrounding the Julian Assange ...
  • The Coalition’s drug treatment legacy is likely to be an expansion of ‘harm reduction’ not one of recovery

    The Coalition’s drug treatment legacy is likely to be an expansion of ‘harm reduction’ not one of recovery

    Kathy Gyngell | | Prisons & Addiction
    Kathy Gyngell authored the Addictions reports for Breakdown and Breakthrough Britain, the Conservative Party’s 2007 Social Justice Policy Review. Her recent reports, The Phoney War on Drugs (CPS, 2009) and Breaking the Habit: why the state should stop dealing drugs and start doing rehab (CPS, 2011) have attracted widespread media coverage and attention. She researches, ...
  • The Olympics, good and bad

    The Olympics, good and bad

    Professor Deepak Lal | | Culture
    The Games may have shown off Britain, but were bread and circuses for a declining empire, says Deepak Lal, the James S. Coleman Professor of International Development Studies at the University of California.In London, the last two weeks have been dominated by the Olympics. With the terrorist scares, predicted traffic chaos, an announced ...
  • The Swedish Model: Cutting business taxes

    The Swedish Model: Cutting business taxes

    Lewis Brown | | Economy
    Alongside the news of QE3 in America, there is a less-reported form of economic stimulus taking place in Sweden. Often venerated by the left as a model of a redistributive model along with the other ‘Nordic states’, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has announced the country will slash corporation tax ...
  • Liam Fox is right – CGT is a bad tax for the economy

    Liam Fox is right – CGT is a bad tax for the economy

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    When commentators point out a lack of Lib Dem ‘wins’ in the Coalition government, remind them of the Capital Gains Tax hike undertaken in 2010. Sure, the ‘progressive’ party wanted to increase it further to replicate the income tax bands, but at the time the hike for higher rate income ...
  • The can looks like being kicked down the road again...

    The can looks like being kicked down the road again...

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    A few weeks ago we put out a pamphlet which said that on unchanged policies, it was virtually impossible for the Chancellor to meet his target of reducing debt as a proportion of GDP by the end of the Parliament (pretty uncontroversial given the outlook).At the time, the Treasury denied ...
  • Want to Marry a Footballer? Consider moving to France!

    Want to Marry a Footballer? Consider moving to France!

    Oliver Latham | | Economy
    Many people are dubious of the behavioural changes attributed to tax cuts, particularly cuts to taxes which primarily benefit wealthier individuals. This reaction is perhaps at its most pronounced when it is claimed that higher taxes on investment bankers will result in a mass exodus from the City of London ...
  • Industrial strategy? No thanks.

    Industrial strategy? No thanks.

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    It’s understandable that someone of a free-market persuasion is slightly depressed at the moment. On a weekly basis, the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party advocate new punitive wealth taxes. The Labour party is beginning to suggest policies for ‘predistribution’, which sounds suspiciously like a form of prices and incomes ...
  • Teen Rehab Action: Lack of residential drug addiction treatment for adolescents

    Teen Rehab Action: Lack of residential drug addiction treatment for adolescents

    Sarah Bailey | | Prisons & Addiction
    Disgracefully, there is no adolescent residential drug rehab in the UK. This is why the Centre for Policy Studies has just hosted an urgent Teen Rehab Action meeting writes CPS Executive Assistant Sarah Bailey.Last week the Centre for Policy Studies Prisons and Addiction Forum hosted a meeting to discuss the need for ...
  • Hayek and Thatcher

    Hayek and Thatcher

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    In this blog post, Head of Economic Research Ryan Bourne documents the influence of the Nobel-prize winning economist Friedrich Hayek on Margaret Thatcher and her administrations. This follows the publication of an archive of documents on Margaret Thatcher’s relationship with Hayek and Milton Friedman by the Thatcher Foundation today. This ...