What’s Next for the Special Relationship?

May 10, 2018

The past 18 months have been a political whirlwind in both the UK and USA. 

Britain’s departure from the European Union presents the opportunity for a free trade deal to be forged between the two countries. But will the opportunities be seized upon in a timely manner, or at all?

Today the IEA’s Director General Mark Littlewood speaks to Michael Carnuccio, President and CEO of the E Foundation for Oklahoma, a think tank aiming to grow Oklahoma State’s prosperity in the long term.

Mark and Michael discuss the prospects of a free trade deal between Oklahoma state and the United Kingdom directly, focusing on what such an arrangement would look like, and what it could mean for the development of other agreements between the States and the UK post-Brexit.

Michael also gives an update on politics overseas, his assessment of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, and his predictions for the November midterm elections.

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The Future of Financial Services Post-Brexit

May 4, 2018

Today we’re joined by the IEA’s Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte, and Catherine McBride, Senior Economist in the IEA’s International Trade and Competition Unit, who analyse the future of Britain’s financial services post-Brexit.

Interviewed by the IEA’s Digital Officer Madeline Grant, the pair discuss to what extent Brexit will actually effect the vibrancy of Britain’s financial services, and what opportunities lie outside of European Union for the finance industries.  

Catherine and Jamie give particular focus to the fear-mongering, perpetuated by certain camps, around the future of financial services, arguing that the EU’s regulatory fixations have held the City of London back for years, and made it significantly harder for genuine competitors to enter the market.

They also discuss a host of specific regulations, including MiFID II, which the UK can address once it’s left the European Union. 

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Campus Censorship: Notes from the Frontline

April 26, 2018

We live in a time of considerable intolerance towards free speech - on campus - and, increasingly, in broader society as well. But just how widespread is the situation - and how did we get here?

On this week’s podcast, we were joined by Claire Fox, Director of the Academy of Ideas, and Kristian Niemietz, the IEA’s Head of Health and Welfare.

They examined so-called “Generation Snowflake” - a term often used to describe a perceived millennial distrust in free expression. They discussed how common these views actually are amongst the young, how seriously we should take them, and who else may be to blame for this culture of intolerance.

They also looked at the way free speech has come to be disparaged as a ploy of the far right - rather than a universal value.

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Are There Limits to Free Speech?

April 19, 2018

Are there limits to free speech - and if so, where should they be set?

In this week’s podcast, Dr Steve Davies, Head of Education at the IEA and News Editor Kate Andrews examine this question.

They take a look at free speech on social media, and at universities, where issues like ‘safe spaces’ and ‘no platforming’ are increasingly controversial.

Yet, the situation is rather more complex than it might seem.

Though, Steve argues, speech should be as free as possible - private institutions and private individuals also have a right to determine what speech they permit on their own property.

Public funding of institutions can also complicate matters, as Steve and Kate explain.

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How Much Should We Care About Inequality?

April 12, 2018

How much should we worry about inequality?

With ongoing Corbyn-mania in UK politics, and the popularity of books like Thomas Piketty’s Capital in The 21st Century, it seems like we’ve never cared more about promoting equality of outcome. But is our concern justified? Is economic disparity a characteristic of modernity - or a persistent feature of human civilization?

On our podcast this week, Dr Steve Davies, Head of Education at the IEA, and News Editor Kate Andrews, examine this controversial topic.

As Steve explains, inequality - and public concern about it - has been a feature of societies around the world, for centuries.

They also challenge the commonly held view that inequality has been rising in recent years - and examine whether people care more about some kinds of inequity than others.

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How to Calculate the Gender Pay Gap: The case of Uber

April 5, 2018

The deadline for large companies to report their gender pay gaps has now passed. We are left with a huge influx of data, most of which fails to give us any meaningful comparison between men and women in like-for-like circumstances. 

What is the best way to calculate a gender pay gap? Today we’re joined by the IEA’s former Head of Tech, now policy analyst at the CATO Institute, Diego Zuluaga to analyse the case of ride-sharing app Uber, and what its data can teach us about the gender pay gap.

Interviewed by the IEA’s Digital Officer Madeline Grant, the pair look at the issue of the gender pay gap more broadly: where does it originate, what does it mean for women, and has public policy been successful throughout the world in addressing pay gaps?

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COUNTDOWN: One Year Till Brexit

March 29, 2018

Exactly one year from today, Britain will officially quit the EU.

But what do we know so far, and what happens next?

Today joined by Julian Jessop, Head of the IEA's Brexit Unit, and Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA’s new International Trade and Competition Unit.

Interviewed by Digital Officer Madeline Grant, the pair answer some of the most pressing questions about Brexit - including what, if anything, we’ve managed to negotiate so far, how our economy has fared until now, the future of the Irish border, and whether there is any chance of Brexit being overturned.

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PURITANS: Reflections on the nanny state and the modern-day feminist movement

March 22, 2018

Today we’re joined by author and academic Dr Joanna Williams, and the IEA’s Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon, to discuss freedom and feminism in the 21st century.

Right now, the authoritarians seems to be winning the battle of ideas, following a raft of new nanny state legislation over the last few years - with ever more draconian schemes in the pipeline.

Interviewed by the IEA’s Kate Andrews, Chris and Joanna take a look at what all of this means for ordinary consumers - and whether we can expect a backlash against the nanny state, embodied by groups like Public Health England.

They also examine what is becoming an increasingly puritanical culture around feminism, and what the future holds for the movement in the wake of the ‘Me Too’ campaign.  

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The Breakdown of UK Politics

March 16, 2018

UK politics is experiencing a realignment - with the old divides of left and right gradually giving way to new fault lines, based on social values, attitudes to immigration and a sense of national identity.

That’s the view of Dr Steve Davies, who believes that the political parties of Britain are, increasingly, at odds with the electorate and their own core voters. This situation, he argues, has been exposed and exacerbated by the results of the EU referendum in 2016. A realignment in British politics is now inevitable.

Today, the IEA's News Editor sat down with Steve to discuss his theory, what it means for UK politics, and how the two major parties will navigate these momentous changes over the next few years.

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Shanker Singham: The Politics of Trade

March 9, 2018

In the latest instalment of our podcast series, Live From Lord North Street, News Editor Kate Andrews discusses trade arrangements and customs unions post-Brexit with Shanker Singham, who is joining the IEA as the director of our new International Trade and Competition unit.

The pair examine Theresa May’s recent speech - one of six in a series dubbed the ‘Road to Brexit’ - in which the PM set out five key tests with which to judge an eventual deal with the EU.

They also examine the future of regulation outside of the European Union, and potential alternatives to full regulatory alignment.

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