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

No government has an explicit exit strategy: what political leaders call “controlled easing” of lockdowns actually means controlled progress toward herd immunity. Here's my column for Project Syndicate @ProSyn

The question should be not what the government can afford to spend, but what our kind of community cannot afford to be without.

Covid-19 is prompting us to rethink everything about the way we work. My new book, co-edited with @nancraig, begins with the history of work and explains where it could go in the future.

"We don’t know how to increase the supply of virtue – but we do know how to increase the supply of ventilators". Here's my latest column for the @NewStatesman.

One of the few things not in short supply in the COVID-19 era is commentary on the pandemic. With some diffidence, on @ProSyn I add my reflections to the chorus of expert voices:

"In Capital and Ideology, he really believes he’s solved the riddle of history — but his arguments are riddled with errors". Here's my review of Piketty for @spectator

There is nothing #Keynesian about the UK government's £350-billion package to protect the economy against #COVID19, says @RSkidelsky. Any government will spend freely to protect its people against such disasters

My latest column for Project Syndicate @ProSyn

"Economists have often failed to take into account the crucial function of money – and financial assets more generally – as a store of value, or what John Maynard Keynes called “liquidity preference.”" More on this in my new @ProSyn 'Say More' interview

Nancy Cartwright, Professor of Philosophy at Durham University, speaking about my new book: 'Skidelsky gives a wonderfully readable, compelling, and compassionate account of where economics goes wrong. This is an urgent message for all sides to hear'

The forced #resignation of UK Chancellor of the Exchequer @sajidjavid completes the ritual burial of the #austerity policies pursued by UK governments since 2010, says @RSkidelsky. But Javid's departure also points to a broader global policy shift.

Here's an explanation about why our fear of terrorism can grow as the actual incidence of terrorism declines:

Medvedev resignation, constitutional changes, etc. I would say these are manoeuvres within the system of ‘managed’ democracy’, paving the way for Putin to take over as PM in 2024 with a toothless president, which was not quite true last time round when Medvedev was president.

I've been arguing in Parliament for a public sector job guarantee. Here's my speech at the House of Lords.

Here’s my interview for Bloomberg’s Odd Lots @podcasts with @tracyalloway and @TheStalwart

A narrative of techno-disruption is framing debates about work, education and economy policy. It should make allowance not just for the future of work, but also for the possibility of leisure. Read more in my latest post:

See this dream of perfection through 3D imaging. But bodies made perfect by technology will carry the same imperfect thoughts because they will have been programmed by imperfect humans. So avatars are simply the latest example of delusion through cosmetics

Here's a link to an interview I gave to @BBCRadio4 for @phil_tinline 's 'Archive on 4' documentary about 'The problem of leisure'

In today's @Markets newsletter, I wrote about fiscal stimulus, based on some thoughts from the conversation that @tracyalloway and I had with @RSkidelsky. Subscribe and get it in your inboxes here

Arguing that the West has historically misinterpreted China and is now paranoid about the trade and geopolitical threat it poses. See my latest blog post below.