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Hans Küng: 1928-2021

4 commentaries, Updated on 26 May 2010

Hans Küng, the philosopher/priest who was silenced by conservative popes following his role in shaping the Second Vatican Council’s liberal reforms, has died at the…

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The Female Voice

26 commentaries, Updated on 23 Mar 2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Project Syndicate is highlighting a selection of insightful commentaries written by female contributors on iss…

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Climate Justice

17 commentaries, Updated on 2 Apr 2021

As former Irish President Mary Robinson and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu pointed out nearly a decade ago, “climate change is a matter of ju…

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Press Released

95 commentaries, Updated on 7 Apr 2021

Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility from illiberal and autocratic regimes, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey,…

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America’s Turbulent Transition

51 commentaries, Updated on 6 Apr 2021

On January 20, Joe Biden will succeed Donald Trump as US president with America’s democratic constitutional order under its greatest strain since the …

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Rule of Law

16 commentaries, Updated on 10 Dec 2020

Project Syndicate commentaries on rule-of-law issues around the world.

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Value in the Age of AI

37 commentaries, Updated on 26 Mar 2021

Much has been written about Big Data, artificial intelligence, and automation. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will have far-reaching implications fo…

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Our Planet, Our Future

11 commentaries, Updated on 16 Oct 2020

In the run-up to the first-ever Nobel Prize Summit, Project Syndicate – in partnership with the Nobel Foundation, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Im…

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The US Election

76 commentaries, Updated on 18 Dec 2020

As the United States confronts what is possibly its most consequential election of modern times, PS commentators examine its economic, political, soci…

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Visionary Voices

183 commentaries, Updated on 12 Apr 2021

The challenges facing developing countries – from providing clean water to fighting infectious diseases – are jeopardizing their economic growth prospects, …

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The COVID-19 Crisis

687 commentaries, Updated on 12 Apr 2021

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, PS commentators assess its implications for the economy, propose policy responses, and consider what might – and sho…

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Education: The Brain Gain

100 commentaries, Updated on 17 Aug 2020

Education does not benefit only its recipients; it has a profound impact on national economic outcomes. Poor educational performance may be a determin…

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Reinhart to the World Bank

11 commentaries, Updated on 15 May 2020

PS congratulates Carmen M. Reinhart, a contributor since 2014, on her appointment to serve as the World Bank's vice president and chief economist.

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Trump, Trade, and China

100 commentaries, Updated on 20 Jan 2020

The biggest cloud hanging over the world economy is the incipient trade war with China launched by US President Donald Trump. But with America’s closes…

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ps25

51 commentaries, Updated on 4 Mar 2019

Project Syndicate celebrates its 25th anniversary with PS 25, a collection of our hardest-hitting commentaries so far.

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Future Cities

31 commentaries, Updated on 24 Sep 2019

Half of the world’s population live in cities, and that share is growing rapidly. How can cities expand, maintain services and communities, and be envi…

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Solutions for Sustainable Development

32 commentaries, Updated on 26 Sep 2019

Efforts to combat climate change through sustainable development are as complex as they are important for the future of humanity. With US President Donald T…

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The African Century

191 commentaries, Updated on 5 Apr 2021

Africa’s economic rise is a world-changing development, but the sources of its emerging strength – and lingering weaknesses – are little understood. W…

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    Employment in the Platform Age

    Jayati Ghosh

    Until recently, there had been relatively little discussion of what the rapid growth of digital labor platforms meant for the nature of work and the employment relationship. But an important recent report provides answers to many questions – and raises several more that policymakers and regulators need to address. 

    highlights the risks to workers arising from the rapid growth of online labor marketplaces.
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    The Challenge of Big Tech Finance

    Barry Eichengreen

    In an old parable about banks and regulators, the banks are greyhounds – they run very fast – while the regulators are bloodhounds, slow afoot but faithfully on the trail. In the age of the platform economy, the bloodhounds are at risk of losing the scent. 

    worries that regulators are unprepared for today's tsunami of digitally enabled, data-driven innovation.

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