Update from PUP Europe

COMING UP in the UK this month…

Robert H. Frank on The Darwin Economy

For those of you who were unable to attend Robert Frank’s recent lecture at Merton College, Oxford, why not catch him when he returns to the UK this month? Bob will be lecturing at NESTA (1 Plough PLace, London) on Wednesday 9th November at 5.30pm, The RSA (8 John Adam Street, London) on Thursday 10th November at 1pm and will be in conversation with BBC Newsnight’s economics editor, Paul Mason, at The London School of Economics (in the Old Theatre, Old Building) on Thursday 10th November at 6.30pm. The LSE event will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Analysis on Monday 14th November at 8.30pm, with a repeat at 9.30pm on Sunday 20th November.
For further information about Bob’s November trip to the UK, please contact Caroline Priday.


Timothy Besley & Torsten Persson at The LSE

In celebration of their new book, Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters, the authors will be taking part in a public discussion at the London School of Economics later this month. Join them, on Monday 7th November at 6.30pm as they explore their reinterpretation of Smith’s ‘pillars of prosperity’ to explain the existence of development clusters — places that tend to combine effective state institutions, the absence of political violence, and high percapita incomes. European Advisory Board member, Robert Wade, along with Professor Francesco Caselli, will be responding.
Contact the LSE press office.


RECENT EVENTS you might have missed…

Ian Goldin on Exceptional People

In a series of appearances at the London School of Economics (11th October), the BBC (Thinking Allowed, 12th October) and Blackwell’s, Oxford (13th October) last month, Professor Ian Goldin, former Vice President of the World Bank (2003-2006) and current Director of the Oxford Martin School, explored the essential role that immigration has played in shaping human history. Based on research published in his recent co-authored book, Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future, Goldin described how migrants in today’s world connect markets, fill labour gaps, and enrich social diversity.
To find out more, watch the LSE lecture here, or listen to the Thinking Allowed podcast here.


Sheldon Gardon at SOAS, University of London

Sheldon Garon, Nissan Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University and author of Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves (published 30th November), gave an open lecture this week at the School of Oriental and African Studies. In his forthcoming book, Garon dissects the reasons behind the global financial cris and tells the story of how other nations aggressively encouraged their citizens to save by means of special savings institutions and savings campaigns, while the U.S. government promoted mass consumption and reliance on credit. Tracing the development of such behaviour across three continents from the nineteenth century to today, Garon highlights the role of institutions and moral suasion in shaping habits of saving and spending.

Sheldon was also interviewed by Tom Clark this week for the Guardian’s Business podcast this week. Download it via the Guardian website.


CATCH UP with our European Advisory Board…

Kai Brodersen has recently published Das Geburtstagsbuch, a German translation of Censorinus’ De die natali – a wonderfully idiosyncratic collection of ancient wisdom on life, the universe, and everything. A bilingual edition, with a freshly established Latin text, is due for publication soon.

Andrew McNeillie’s Clutag Press – which has published work by John Fuller, Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill, Andrew Motion and many others of note, also in the visual arts, including Norman Ackroyd RA – celebrates its tenth birthday on 11th November in Convocation House, Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Rana Mitter will be hosting a series of events at this year’s BBC Free Thinking Festival from the 4th-6th November 2011 – including a debate on the legacy of the Luddites, and a talk by Princeton professor Linda Colley.

David Runciman made a guest apperance on the new Radio 4 comedy show, Tonight, earlier this month, and a revised version of his Princeton in Europe lecture, ‘Can Democracy Cope?’ is published this month in Political Quarterly.

Danny Quah gave a very successful lecture in Beijing on Friday 28th October, entitled: ‘China and the Global Public Good’. His talk was delivered jointly to the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy, Peking University, and Tsinghua University, and described how the shifting global economy is generating tensions in international relations across the major economic powers in the world; in it, Danny sketched a framework to seek more globalized consensus forming, moving away from purely nationalistic motivation.