Business Weekly

02.20.20

國際名家專訪》國家崩潰研究權威羅賓森 沒好好處理病毒 會是翻轉中國政權的引信?

從中國這次疫情的「吹哨者」李文亮醫師之死,引發公民社會不滿,到因疫病而停工、封城,讓中國本已下行的經濟更雪上加霜。許多人設想,這個新型冠狀病毒會否「殺死」中國政權?習近平上台後更強化的集權統治模式,會不會鬆動?

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Psychology Today

02.16.20

For President’s Day, How About a “Shackled Leviathan”?

The economic theorist and political economist Daron Acemoglu of MIT and political scientist James Robinson of the University of Chicago have published a new far-ranging book, The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies and the Fate of Liberty. Their goal is to revisit the issues raised in Thomas Hobbes’ famous book Leviathan and ensuing treatises on the nature of government by political philosophers including John Locke and American founding fathers Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton, while taking into account more than two additional centuries of evidence and a much broader global canvas than had been available to the earlier thinkers.

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Forbes

02.14.20

Hong Kong’s Narrow Corridor To Revive Its Economy Depends On Defending Its Unique Identity

Hong Kong’s protests have plunged its economy into recession even before the outbreak of the Covid-19. Retail sales and tourist arrivals are falling more sharply than during either 2003’s epidemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or the global financial crisis. Private household consumption accounts for 72% of GDP and spending by tourists contributes another 4%, meaning the economy cannot recover without reviving them, regardless of how long the the coronavirus outbreak may last. The standoff between the protesters and the government will almost certainly resurface after the outbreak.

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Western Wall

Harris Public Policy students visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem as part of the 2019 Pearson International Conflict Seminar to Israel and the West Bank.

Ramin Kohanteb / The Pearson Institute