Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky


Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. In Norman Stone’s words, “This three-volume life of the British economist should be given a Nobel Prize for History if there was such a thing”. Robert is the author of the The World After Communism (1995). He was made a life peer in 1991, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.

Robert has given countless speeches at conferences, the Social Market Foundation and elsewhere. Most recently, he addressed the House of Lords on currency fluctuations in November 2016.

Robert Skidelsky @RSkidelsky

Shorter working hours to be achieved by investment and a Job Guarantee, not legislation.
More on my report, commissioned by shadow chancellor @johnmcdonnellMP, here:

My latest @ProSyn column for or against automation has just been published. Read it here:

I have been asked to declare my position on Brexit. My position is that I voted to Remain but believe we should now Leave, because a majority voted for leaving in a referendum, and all the political parties promised to respect the results of the referendum.

Robert Skidelsky champions a public job guarantee as part of a package of policies to reduce average working hours. See my latest post here:

Here’s the full version of INET promo about my new series of filmed lectures on 'What’s Wrong With Economics'. The ‘book of the film’ will be published by the Yale Univ Press early in 2020.

Watch more at If we’re headed for a #recession, blame the #economists who flunked #history class.

Economic historian @RSkidelsky explains why the past is vital to making sense of the present. #INETanimates

See why and I many like-minded economists think the austerity policy which UK Chancellor Sajid Javid has now officially abandoned was always a dreadful mistake:

My latest Project Syndicate article is about the devaluation of moral courage as a public virtue:

Here’s my latest On Point column For Project Syndicate, in which I argue for a job or training guarantee for all Job Seekers who cannot find a job through ordinary labour market either because automation or an economic downturn has made them redundant.

It would take too long to do justice to the nonsense of investment adviser @johntamny account of Keynesian economics. Here’s a link to his article:

Brilliant documentary film, made in 2017, on the life and murder of Russian dissident Boris Nemtsov, a genuine hero of post Communist Russia. Directed by @krichevskaya, scriptwriter @MikhailFishman

A reflection on Elon Musk’s robots, the collapse of Western power and the triumph of universalism. Here’s my latest column for Project Syndicate.

Syriza has paid the price of not leaving the eurozone in 2015 when Greek voters rejected the crippling austerity demanded of them.A government which. allows 18 per cent adult and 40 per cent youth unemployment doesn’t deserve to win.

Remembering friend Norman Stone.

Evidence shows that full time workers in the UK work longer hours than almost anywhere else in Europe. Why do you think this is?

Boris Johnson has to be kept under wraps for fear of revealing his emptiness.Rory Stewart asks tobe judged by his own prose and his own thoughts. In a sane world it would be no contest.

Discussing austerity, Lords reform and Keynes with @politicshome

On Rory Stewart & Eton: his circle includes the (peerage) parents of his contemporaries (e.g. Lord Skidelsky), eccentric economists/ bankers (Felix Martin), Aristotelian philosophers of well being (Ed Skidelsky) ...and alternative comedians (Will Adamsdale).

The election of @RoryStewartUK as Conservative leader would be the best thing to come out of the Brexit shambles: as close to a guarantee one could get of a decent exit, a decent politics, and restoration of faith in politicians.

Professor Alberto Alesina claims, yet again, that the best way to recover from a slump is for governments to cut its deficit spending on the poor, since this will give the business class the ‘confidence’ to invest. For why he is wrong, see my latest column