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A Progressive Case for Free Trade with Kimberly Clausing

On this episode, Mark Blyth talks with Kimberly Clausing, author of ‘Open: A Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital’ []. At a time when free trade is getting a bad rap from every direction, Clausing makes a case for why open borders and free trade are crucial to building a 21st-century economy that works for everyone.


Aidan Regan: Economic Ideas and Real Politics

On this episode, something a little different. Aidan Regan is an assistant professor at the School of Politics/International Relations at University College Dublin UCD, and has a podcast we think you’ll like. We think you’ll especially like this episode, since he recorded it while at a conference hosted by the Rhodes Center. His guest? Mark Blyth. He and Mark talk about how Mark first got interested in political economy, the perception versus reality of Europe’s economic challenges, and why...


Zsófia Barta: Understanding the Politics of Public Debt

Why do rich countries flirt with fiscal disaster? Zsófia Barta, author of In The Red: The Politics of Public Debt Accumulation in Developed Countries [], challenges a long-held consensus by arguing that the problem of sustained, large-scale debt accumulation is an adjustment issue rather than a governance failure. On this episode Mark talks with Zsófia Barta about how understanding why some countries accumulate substantial amounts of debt for...


Ling Chen: New Insights on the 'Made in China' Model

The era of globalization saw China emerge as the world's manufacturing titan. However, the 'made in China' model—with its reliance on cheap labor and thin profits—has begun to wane. On this episode of the Rhodes Center Podcast, Mark Blyth talks with Ling Chen, author of 'Manipulating Globalization: The Influence of Bureaucrats on Business in China' [] about the nuances within the 'China model,' how it's changed since it was first identified, and how...


William Rhodes: Connecting the Dots, from Venezuela to China and Beyond

The Rhodes Center podcast is brought to you by The Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance at Brown University. The show is hosted by Mark Blyth and Brendan Greeley. On this episode: the man behind the Rhodes Center, the indomitable William Rhodes. Brown class of '57, international banker, international public servant, and author of 'Banker to the World: Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global Finance'...


Marco Buti – Inclusive Multilateralism as a Response to Economic Nationalism?

Discussion with Mark Blyth, Political Economist at Brown's Watson Institute. Associated Watson Institute lecture: Marco Buti has been Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission since December 2008, after a 6-month period as acting Director-General. After studies at the Universities of Florence and Oxford, Mr Buti joined the European Commission in 1987. He held various posts as an economist in DG ECFIN and the Commissioner's...


Paul Tucker – Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State

Watch accompanying talk at the Watson Institute at Brown University: Central bankers have emerged from the financial crisis as the third great pillar of unelected power alongside the judiciary and the military. They pull the regulatory and financial levers of our economic well-being, yet unlike democratically elected leaders, their power does not come directly from the people. Unelected Power [] lays out the principles...


Dani Rodrik – From Globalization to Hyper-Globalization and Back

“Where does the backlash against globalization come from? Where is it headed? And what would a better globalization look like?” Dani Rodrik [] is an economist whose research covers globalization, economic growth and development, and political economy. He is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was previously the Albert O. Hirschman Professor in the School of Social Science at...


Rick Perlstein - Jimmy Carter and the Origins of the Democratic Party Cult of Austerity

The Democratic Party's retreat from its New Deal and Great Society identity as a party eager to use the federal treasury to spend in the public interest to create a broadly shared prosperity is usually associated with the Clinton administration in the 1990s. It actually dates to the Carter administration. This talk will narrate this shift, and explained two political consequences that flowed from it: its failure to placate the Democratic Party's critics on the right, who consistently refused...


Quinn Slobodian – Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism

Neoliberals hate the state. Or do they? In the first intellectual history [] of neoliberal globalism, Quinn Slobodian follows a group of thinkers from the ashes of the Habsburg Empire to the creation of the World Trade Organization to show that neoliberalism emerged less to shrink government and abolish regulations than to redeploy them at a global level. Quinn Slobodian [] is a...


Ilene Grabel – When Things Don't Fall Apart

Ilene Grabel is a professor of international economics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her latest book When Things Don't Fall Apart was published by The MIT Press in January 2018. In When Things Don't Fall Apart, Ilene Grabel challenges the dominant view that the global financial crisis had little effect on global financial governance and developmental finance. Most observers discount all but grand, systemic ruptures in institutions and...


Bill Janeway – Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy

Bill Janeway stops by to discuss his latest book, "Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy." In this fully revised and updated edition, Janeway interweaves his professional experience with political and financial history, giving a lively explanation of how successive technological revolutions have transformed the market economy, and revealing why America may yield leadership of the innovation economy to China. William H. Janeway has lived a double life of “theorist-practitioner,”...