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Democracy and Its Enemies

23 commentaries, Updated on 9 Jun 2021

Project Syndicate commentaries on the growing threats to liberal democracy, open societies, and the rule of law around the world.

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Press Released

101 commentaries, Updated on 26 May 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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Visionary Voices

195 commentaries, Updated on 14 Jun 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 Female Voice

28 commentaries, Updated on 22 Apr 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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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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Climate Justice

21 commentaries, Updated on 31 May 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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America’s Turbulent Transition

55 commentaries, Updated on 5 May 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

17 commentaries, Updated on 18 May 2021

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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The COVID-19 Crisis

737 commentaries, Updated on 14 Jun 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 Logic of Effective Climate Action

    Barry Eichengreen

    The starting point for addressing climate change, economists agree, is a tax on carbon. But while the resulting reduction in emissions would benefit virtually everyone on the planet, those who bear a disproportionate share of the costs will mobilize in opposition – that is, unless they are given a reason not to.

    argues that the best way to overcome organized resistance to a carbon tax is to buy it off.
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