Category Archives: Social & Political Studies

Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction

  Southeast Asia has always been an area of contestation even before it went under colonial rule, and especially during the Cold War. It may be easy to think of Southeast Asia as the region which conveniently links Western powers

Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction

  Southeast Asia has always been an area of contestation even before it went under colonial rule, and especially during the Cold War. It may be easy to think of Southeast Asia as the region which conveniently links Western powers

A History of Australasian Economic Thought

  Most economies today are generally a reflection of their modern economic history. The economic histories of New Zealand and Australia are no different. Following European settlement, the New Zealand and Australian economies were captive to Britain’s imperial hegemony, providing

A History of Australasian Economic Thought

  Most economies today are generally a reflection of their modern economic history. The economic histories of New Zealand and Australia are no different. Following European settlement, the New Zealand and Australian economies were captive to Britain’s imperial hegemony, providing

India’s Long Road

India is in a headlong rush to modernize its economy. Scarcely a week goes by without news of India’s economic renaissance. To be sure, India’s economic performance of late has been impressive. India has now surpassed China and the United

India’s Long Road

India is in a headlong rush to modernize its economy. Scarcely a week goes by without news of India’s economic renaissance. To be sure, India’s economic performance of late has been impressive. India has now surpassed China and the United

A Culture of Growth

The world today is richer than it has ever been. Why is this? Joel Mokyr’s central contention in A Culture of Growth is that “what happened in the economies of the world in the past three centuries was a function

A Culture of Growth

The world today is richer than it has ever been. Why is this? Joel Mokyr’s central contention in A Culture of Growth is that “what happened in the economies of the world in the past three centuries was a function

Speaking Truth About Power

  Singapore may have come a long way since independence, but yesterday’s puzzles appear to have returned with a vengeance: the old conundrums of culture and geography are here again, along with newer challenges of social cohesion, infrastructural decay, and

Speaking Truth About Power

  Singapore may have come a long way since independence, but yesterday’s puzzles appear to have returned with a vengeance: the old conundrums of culture and geography are here again, along with newer challenges of social cohesion, infrastructural decay, and

Singapore: Unlikely Power

Singapore spent 2015 celebrating its jubilee as sovereign state, an event overshadowed by the death of its first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, whose People’s Action Party (PAP) has steered the island-nation’s development since independence in 1965. As the nation

Singapore: Unlikely Power

Singapore spent 2015 celebrating its jubilee as sovereign state, an event overshadowed by the death of its first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, whose People’s Action Party (PAP) has steered the island-nation’s development since independence in 1965. As the nation

Feature: Money Changes Everything, How Finance Made Civilization Possible

Professor Goetzmann’s magisterial survey covers key developments in the history of finance, beginning with the invention of money nearly 6000 years ago in the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean. Money has been the economic lifeblood of all human societies

Feature: Money Changes Everything, How Finance Made Civilization Possible

Professor Goetzmann’s magisterial survey covers key developments in the history of finance, beginning with the invention of money nearly 6000 years ago in the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean. Money has been the economic lifeblood of all human societies