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Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky was born on 25 April 1939 in Harbin, Manchuria. He read history at Jesus College, Oxford, and was successively research student, senior student, and research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

In 1978, he was appointed Professor of International Studies at the University of Warwick, and then joined the Economics Department as Professor of Political Economy in 1990. He is currently Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. Since 2002, he has been chairman of the Centre for Global Studies. In 2010, he joined the Advisory Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

In 1991, he was made a life peer. He joined the Conservatives and was made Chief Opposition Spokesman in the Lords, first for Culture, then for Treasury Affairs (1997-9). In 2001, he left the Conservative Party for the cross benches. He is currently a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition.

He writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate, “Against the Current”, which is syndicated in newspapers all over the world. His account of the current economic crisis, Keynes: The Return of the Master, was published by Penguin Allen Lane in September 2009. A short history of twentieth-century Britain was published by Random House in the volume A World by Itself: A History of the British Isles edited by Jonathan Clark in January 2010. He is now in the process of writing How Much is Enough? The Economics of the Good Life jointly with his son Edward Skidelsky

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Party Competition to Cut the Government Deficit by More in the UK's General Election

Article | Apr 14, 2015

At least the Labour Party has only promised to cut day-to-day spending, not public investment.

What's Wrong With Economics?

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2015

Hubris might well head the list

Post-Crash Economics

Article | Jun 18, 2014

Robert Skidelsky knocks the scientific halo off mainstream economists’ teaching and research

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Economics and Political Power during the Crisis

Video | Sep 11, 2013

What was the political dynamic driving post-crisis economic policy?

I Have to Act Like an Adult in Hong Kong

Article | Apr 1, 2013

The INET conference in Hong Kong is serious business.

INET and reforming economic education: can history help?

Article | Apr 13, 2011

One INET project is to “reconnect the teaching of economics with the working of the actual economy,” which is to begin with a reform of the undergraduate curriculum.

Curriculum Committee Report

Video | Apr 6, 2011

Robert Skidelsky and Perry Mehrling report on the project at the Institute’s 2011 Bretton Woods conference.